Sociology (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (SOC BA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Sociology

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology program learn to take an analytical, evidence-driven approach to social issues, as well as gain the interpersonal communication skills necessary to craft persuasive narratives grounded in critical thought. Sociology students focus on diversity and inequality and use their analytical insight into social structures for effective formulation and implementation of democratic social policy.

Those interested in sociology are intrigued by the challenging social issues pervading our world, how society influences and is influenced by them, and how to effectuate change.  BA in Sociology students learn how to address these issues through scientific research and application, and, as our world continuously evolves, sociology students are well prepared to offer insight into these changes and how best to accommodate them.

Given the breadth, adaptability, and utility of sociology, employment opportunities are plentiful in social service agencies; federal, state, and local governments; non-profit organizations; and private enterprises

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements22
Program/Major Requirements 168
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Accelerated BA-BS/MA in Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers a an accelerated master's degree program, which is designed to allow motivated undergraduates the opportunity to earn graduate credit hours in sociology during their senior year. As undergraduates, accelerated students may earn between 6-9 credit hours (taking 2-3 graduate level courses), which are applied toward both the undergraduate degree as well as the graduate degree, allowing students to begin the graduate program in sociology with credits already applied toward their MA degree.

The graduate courses taken during the student's senior year will depend on the courses the student has remaining to complete his/her undergraduate degree in sociology. The undergraduate advisor works individually with accelerated students regarding their course schedules.

NOTE: Students in the accelerated program in sociology may only apply their graduate credits earned as an undergraduate toward the graduate degree in sociology at UofL.

To be admitted to the program, a student must have: an undergraduate GPA of 3.35 or better at the time of application and satisfactory GRE scores (see Admissions tab for more information).

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Sociology requires:

  1. completion of SOC 301 with a grade of C or better;
  2. a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0; and
  3. a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in any courses in Sociology. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

Accelerated BA-BS/MA in Sociology Application Procedure

Students must apply during the first or second semester of Junior year (i.e., when they have earned between 70-80 hours) by submitting the following to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • Graduate application
  • Two references (preferably from sociology instructors) in the form of a discursive letter of recommendation and completion of the Letter of Evaluation form
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
  • GRE scores.

Applicants must also submit to the Department of Sociology responses to the Sociology Graduate Admissions Questionnaire (below).  Responses should be of sufficient length to give the Graduate Admissions Committee a basis for evaluating the student’s interest in and ability to complete the program, and provide a sample of the student’s writing. Responses can be submitted in four separate essays or combined in one longer essay.

Admissions Questionnaire

  1. Please explain your reasons for applying to the accelerated master's program in sociology. What are your professional or occupational objectives (including any study beyond the master of arts in sociology)? How does this department’s program fit into those objectives?
  2. What areas of sociology do you find especially interesting for study and/or research?
  3. What positions of responsibility, if any, have you had, and what, specifically, do you believe you have gained from such experience? Positions may include not only employment, but offices held in organizations, volunteer work, etc.
  4. Please summarize what you believe to be your most important accomplishments to date, including those in the academic or occupational areas.

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Social Problems - D1, SB
Race in the United States - D1, SB

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 112
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences 29
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Sociology
SOC 201Introduction to Sociology - SB3
SOC 202Social Problems - D1, SB 43
or SOC 210 Race in the United States - D1, SB
SOC 301Introduction to Social Statistics3
SOC 303Introduction to Research Methods 53
SOC 320Social Theory 53
SOC 323Diversity and Inequality3
Environment, Health and Population Studies3
Select ONE (1) of the following: 6
Urban Sociology
Demography
Rural Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Sociology of Families
Mental Health and Illness
Medical Sociology
Sociology of Women's Health
Faces of Global Poverty
Globalization, Culture and Third-World Development
Social Inequalities, Behavioral and Structural Studies6
Select TWO (2) of the following: 6
Sociology of Human Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Criminology
Sociology of Music in Contemporary America
Sociology of Religion
Money, Economics and Society
Animals and Society
Three (3) Sociology electives at the 400 level 9
Sociology CUE course 73
Supporting Courses
Social Sciences Disciplinary Perspectives6
Select TWO (2) of the following:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - D2, SB 4
Introduction to Pan-African Studies - D1, SB
Introduction to Latino Studies - D1, SB
Women In American Culture - D1, SB
Electives in Social Sciences other than Sociology of which 6 hours must be at 300 level or above 812
Minimum Electives 911
Minimum Total Hours68

Only 40 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Sociology majors may take no more than six hours of “Special Topics” courses in Sociology to meet degree requirements.

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Independent Study
Voluntarism
Applied Sociology
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Death & Dying
Sociology of Leisure
Medicine, Health and Illness
The Health Care System
Special Topics in Sociology
Social Stratification
Occupations and Organizations
Race and Ethnicity
Political Sociology
Sociology of Education
Senior Honors Thesis

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - D2, SB  
Introduction to Latin American Studies - D2, SB  
Introduction to Pan-African Studies - D1, SB  
Women In American Culture - D1, SB  
 Hours16
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Foreign Language 1 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
SOC 202
Social Problems - D1, SB
or Race in the United States - D1, SB
3
 Hours17
Year 2
Fall
Foreign Language 2 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
SOC 301 Introduction to Social Statistics 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - D2, SB  
Introduction to Latin American Studies - D2, SB  
Introduction to Pan-African Studies - D1, SB  
Women In American Culture - D1, SB  
 Hours16
Spring
SOC 303 Introduction to Research Methods 3
SOC 323 Diversity and Inequality 3
Foreign Language 3 4
Humanities or Natural Science elective 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
SOC 320 Social Theory 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Environment, Health, and Population Studies elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science WR elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Inequalities, Behavioral, and Structural Studies elective 3
Sociology elective (400 level) 3
Social Science WR elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Sociology elective from Social Inequalities, Behavioral, and Structural Studies 3
Sociology elective (400 level) 3
Social Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
Sociology elective (400 level and CUE) 3
Sociology elective (400 level) 3
Social Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
 Hours12
 Minimum Total Hours122

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