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Major in Sociology

Sociologists study power dynamics as they relate to family life, race, gender, class, sexuality, deviance, selfhood, social change, urbanization, aging, birth and death, and a host of applied topics. Students majoring in sociology explore the ways in which individual agency affects and is limited by social structures. Our degree program introduces students to key processes and methods, in addition to preparing students for graduate work in sociology and related fields.

Students majoring in sociology may choose one of six programs of study. Majors can follow the general program in sociology, or they can select a concentration in family, race and urban studies, gender and sexuality, or gerontology. Students completing concentrations are awarded a certificate in their area of concentration from either the Department of Sociology or the Gerontology Institute. Students wishing to be sociology majors must first be advised by the sociology undergraduate advisor.

Requirements below based on the 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog


Area F Courses Appropriate to the Major Requirements (18 Hours)

Eighteen (18) hours of Area F, Courses Appropriate to the Major

  • Nine (9) hours of required sociology courses:
    • Soci 1101: Introductory Sociology;
    • Soci 1160: Introduction to Social Problems;
    • ForL 1002: Elementary Foreign Language.
  • Nine (9) hours of additional courses from the list below:

AAS 1140
AAS 2010
ANTH 1102
ANTH 2010
ANTH 2020
ANTH 2030
BIOL 1103K
BIOL 1104K
BIOL 1110K
BIOL 1120K
BIOL 2107K
BIOL 2108K
BIOL 2240
BIOL 2300
BIOL 2800
CHEM 1050
CHEM 1151K
CHEM 1152K
CHEM 1211K
CHEM 1212K

CRJU 2200
CSC 1010
CSC 2010
CSC 2310
CSC 2510
ECON 2100
ECON 2105
ECON 2106
EDUC 2120
EDUC 2152
EPY 2050
FORL 2101
FORL 2102
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
HIST 1140
HIST 2110
IT 2010

LANG 1001
LANG 2001
LANG 2002
MATH 1070
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1220
MATH 2008
MATH 2211
MATH 2212
MATH 2215
MATH 2420
PHIL 2010
PHIL 1010
PHIL 2050
POLS 1101
POLS 2101
POLS 2401
PSYC 1100
PSYC 1101
PSYC 2030
PSYC 2040
PSYC 2070
PSYC 2080
PSYC 2101
PSYC 2103
RELS 2001
SPCH 1010
SPCH 1500
SPCH 2710
SW 2000
WST 2010


Area G Major Courses (30-33 Hours)

Majors can follow the General Program in sociology, or they can select a concentration in Family, Race and Urban Studies, Gender and Sexuality, or Gerontology.

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses. 30 credit hours of 3000-4000 level courses are required for the general program, family concentration, gender and sexuality concentration, and race and urban studies concentration. 33 credit hours of 3000-4000 level courses are required for the gerontology concentration.