Sociology (BS)


This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Sociology
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Sociology
Academic Plan Code(s): SOC_BS

Program Information

Sociology students learn how to address these issues through scientific research and application, and, as our world continuously evolves. Sociology majors are well prepared to offer insight into these changes and how best to accommodate them.  Sociology majors are offered a rich environment within which to develop skills in critical thinking, analytic problem-solving, and communication that are required by employers and/or that prepare them for a range of graduate programs.

Given the training in research methods, statistics, and topical areas, employment opportunities for sociology majors are plentiful in social service agencies; federal, state, and local governments; nonprofit organizations; and private enterprises. The emerging global economic order and the increased complexity of corporate cultures promise to open even more opportunities for our graduates. Some sociology majors help companies develop global marketing strategies, and others work to enhance the culture and organization of corporations.

Sociology students pursue careers in a variety of fields: business, child welfare, computer industry, criminal justice, education (teaching, evaluation research, consultation, research), gerontology, health care, international relations, law, law enforcement, leisure/recreation/sport, military/military intelligence, social work, and urban planning or management, and more.

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 Requirements13-15
Program/Major Requirements 175-77
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 BS in Sociology requires:

  1. Completion of SOC 301 with a grade of C or better
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  3. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in Sociology, if any courses have been taken. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website.

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 16-8
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at 300-level or above 26
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours13-15

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 - WR3
SOC 320Social Theory - WR3
SOC 323Diversity and Inequality3
Environment, Health and Population Studies3
Select ONE (1) of the following: 5
Urban Sociology
Rural Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Sociology of Families
Mental Health and Illness
Medical Sociology
Sociology of Women's Health
Faces of Global Poverty - WR
Globalization, Culture and Third-World Development
Social Inequalities, Behavioral and Structural Studies6
Select TWO (2) of the following: 5
Sociology of Human Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Sociology of Music in Contemporary America
Sociology of Religion
Money, Economics and Society - WR
Animals and Society
Sociology elective at 200 level or above3
Sociology electives at the 400 level 12
SOC 400Independent Study - CUE3
or SOC 405 Voluntarism - CUE
Supporting Courses
Electives in Division of Social Sciences, other than Sociology, of which 6 hours must be at the 300 level or above 621
Social Sciences Disciplinary Perspectives3
Select ONE (1) 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
Minimum Electives 76-8
Minimum Total Hours75-77

Only 60 hours in the major department may be applied toward the Bachelor of Science 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. 

Completion of this degree requires completion of SOC 303 and SOC 320 with a grade of C or better.

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (For students admitted Summer 2014 or later)
Requirement fulfilled by completing one of the following:
Independent Study - CUE
Voluntarism - CUE
Applied Sociology - CUE
Sociology of Aging - CUE
Sociology of Death & Dying - CUE
Sociology of Leisure - CUE
Medicine, Health and Illness - CUE
The Health Care System - CUE
Special Topics in Sociology - CUE
Social Stratification - CUE, WR
Sociology of Work - CUE, WR
Race and Ethnicity - CUE, WR
Political Sociology - CUE
Sociology of Education - CUE, WR
Juvenile Delinquency - CUE
Senior Honors Thesis - CUE, WR
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
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  
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - L 1
SOC 202
Social Problems - D1, SB
or Race in the United States - D1, SB
Year 2
SOC 301 Introduction to Social Statistics 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Sociology elective (200 level) 3
SOC 303 Introduction to Research Methods - WR 3
SOC 323 Diversity and Inequality 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Social Science elective 3
Social Science elective 3
Year 3
SOC 320 Social Theory - WR 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Environment, Health and Population Studies elective (300 level) 3
Social Inequalities, Behavioral, and Structural Studies elective (300 level) 3
Social Science WR elective 3
Sociology elective from Social Inequalities, Behavioral, and Structural Studies 3
General elective 3
Sociology elective (400 level) 3
Social Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science WR elective 3
Year 4
Sociology elective (400 level) 3
Sociology elective (400 level) 3
Social Science elective 3
Social Science elective (300 level or above) 3
General elective 3
SOC 400
Independent Study - CUE
or Voluntarism - CUE
Sociology elective (400 level) 3
Social Science elective (300 level) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Minimum Total Hours122-124

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Student Services tab.
  3. Next, click on "View my Academic Advisement Report" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

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