Sociology BS

General Education Requirements

Majors must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. Foreign language proficiency is not required, although students are encouraged to take foreign language courses.

All required courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Courses counting toward the major requirements may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

The minimum number of Sociology hours required for the B.S. degree is 36.

Core Courses: 21 hours
Concentration Courses: 9 hours
Elective Courses: 6 hours

Sociology B.S. Core (21 hours)
SOC 1010Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3
SOC 1040Social Problems3
or SOC 1241 Globalization and Social Change
SOC 2160Social Psychology3
SOC 3210Sociological Theory3
SOC 3220Quantitative Data Analysis in Social Science Research 13
SOC 3230Research Methods3
SOC 4040Survey Research Practicum for Sociology3
Total Hours21

Concentration (9 hours)

Students seeking a B.S. in Sociology must complete one of the following concentration choices:

A. Urban Sociology

B. Sociology of Health and Aging

C. Gender and Families

D. Military Sociology

A. Urban Sociology
SOC 1999The City3
SOC 2202Urban Sociology3
SOC 3344Problems of Urban Community3
Total Hours9
B. Sociology of Health and Aging
SOC/GERON 2170Aging in America: Concepts & Controversies3
SOC/GERON 2300Social and Community Services for an Aging Population3
SOC/GERON 3400Environment, Society, and Aging3
Total Hours9
C. Gender and Families
SOC/GS 2102Introduction to Gender Studies3
SOC 2103/GS 2102Gender Roles in Society3
SOC 3243Marriage, Family and Kinship
Total Hours6
D. Military Sociology
SOC 2801/MVS 2100Veterans in American Society3
SOC 2802/MVS 2130Gender and the Military3
SOC 3801Military Sociology3

Electives (6 hours)

Students must complete at least 3 hours of SOC at the 4000-level and an additional 3 hours of SOC at the 2000-level or above. GERO, GS, MVS or other courses may be substituted with approval of the faculty advisor.

Pursuing a second concentration is encouraged.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

Identify and apply sociological theories to understand social phenomena by:

  • Recognizing the differences between “folk” explanations of social phenomena and sociological theories of those phenomena
  • Distinguishing modes of sociological inquiry from other disciplinary modes of inquiry
  • Applying key concepts and key themes in sociological theory to analyze social phenomena
  • Discerning the role of social structures in creating and reproducing social inequality and examining how social structures change
  • Distinguishing among micro, meso, and macro levels of observation, inquiry, and analysis

Apply scientific principles to understand the social world by:

  • Effectively utilizing evidence-based knowledge and sociological theories and concepts to generate research questions and/or hypotheses
  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of scientific methodology and methods for analyzing social phenomena in different contexts
  • Explaining disciplinary standards for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of data

Critically evaluate explanations of human behavior and social phenomena by:

  • Identifying and appraising major theoretical perspectives, including their assumptions, key concepts, and main arguments in terms of historical context and interpretive and explanatory capacities
  • Employing the sociological imagination to analyze social problems in context and evaluate solutions to social problems

Use sociological knowledge to inform social change by:

  • Engaging with the world around them, including everyday life, work, policy debates, stakeholders, and the public
  • Constructing and proposing real world solutions to social issues;
  • Expressing sociological ideas in a clear and coherent manner in written and oral communication
  • Demonstrating informal, technological, qualitative, and quantitative literacy

Sample Four Year Plans

Urban Sociology Concentration

Sociology of Health and Aging Concentration

Gender and Families Concentration

Military Sociology Concentration

Urban Sociology Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 10031SOC 1040 or 12413
SOC 10103SOC 21603
ENGL 11003EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3FGN LANG 1002 Language and Culture II5
FGN LANG 1001 Language and Culture5 
 15 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 22023SOC 32103
SOC 22033SOC 32303
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3CORE - Information Literacy3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3CORE - US History and Government3
FGN LANG 2101 Language and Culture III3EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
 Elective or minor2
 15 17
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 32213SOC 2XXX Sociology Elective3
ENGL 31003Urban Studies Minor or other Elective3
CORE - Communication Proficiency3GEN ED EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3Cultural Diversity Requirement3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 Elective or minor1
 15 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 33443SOC 43073
SOC 4XXX Sociology 4000-level Course3Urban Studies Minor or other Elective3
Urban Studies Minor or other elective3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor2
 15 14
Total Hours: 121

Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change. 

Sociology of Health and Aging Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311SOC 1040 or 12413
SOC 10103SOC 21603
ENGL 11003EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
CORE - Math Proficiency3EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 2170 or GERON 21703SOC 32103
SOC 4400 or GERON 44003SOC 32303
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3CORE - US History and Government3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3CORE - Information Literacy3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 32203SOC 2XXX+ Sociology Elective3
ENGL 31003Cultural Diversity Requirement3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3Gerontology Minor or other Elective3
CORE - Communication Proficiency3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 4XXX Sociology course3SOC 40403
SOC 3400 or GERON 34003Gerontology Minor or other Elective3
Gerontology Minor or other Elective3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor2
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change. 

Gender and Families Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311SOC 10403
SOC 10103SOC 21603
ENGL 11003EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
CORE - US History and Government3Elective or minor3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 2102 or GS 21023SOC 32103
SOC 2103 or GS 21033SOC 32303
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3CORE - Information Literacy3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3EXPLORE - Social Sciences3
Elective or minor3Cultural Diversity Requirement3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 32203SOC 2XXX+ Sociology Elective3
ENGL 31003Gender Studies Minor or other Elective3
CORE - Communication Proficiency3Elective or minor3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 32433SOC 40403
SOC 4XXX Sociology Course3Gender Studies Minor or other Elective3
Gender Studies Minor or other Elective3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor2
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change. 

Military Sociology Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
INTDSC 100311SOC 1040 or 12413
SOC 10103SOC 21603
ENGL 11003CORE - US History and Government3
CORE - Mathematics Proficiency3EXPLORE Humanities and Fine Arts3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3Elective or minor3
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 2801 or MVS 21003SOC 32103
SOC 2802 or MVS 21303SOC 32303
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3CORE - Information Literacy3
EXPLORE - Humanities and Fine Arts3EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 32203SOC 2XXX+ Sociology Elective3
ENGL 31003Cultural Diversity Requirement3
EXPLORE - Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3Veterans Studies Minor or other Elective3
CORE - Communication Proficiency3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOC 38013SOC 4040 or 43073
SOC 4XXX Sociology Course3Veterans Studies Minor or other Elective3
Veterans Studies Minor or other Elective3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor2
 15 14
Total Hours: 120

Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.