Sociology (BS)

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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
Race in the United States

*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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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 3
SOC 202Social Problems 43
or SOC 210 Race in the United States
SOC 301Introduction to Social Statistics3
SOC 303Introduction to Research Methods 3
SOC 320Social Theory 3
SOC 323Diversity and Inequality3
Minimum Total Hours18
Track Requirements (see Track Requirements tab)60

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
Voluntarism
Applied Sociology
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Death & Dying
Sociology of Leisure
Sociology of Health and Illness
The Health Care System
Special Topics in Sociology
Social Inequality & Stratification
Sociology of Work
Race and Ethnicity
Political Sociology
Sociology of Education
Juvenile Delinquency
Senior Honors Thesis
1

Completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on the language taken

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

May be used to satisfy a General Education requirement.

5

SOC 350 may be used to satisfy this degree requirement depending on the appropriateness of its topic and with the department undergraduate advisor's approval. Other sociology electives may be substituted upon approval from the department undergraduate advisor.

6

In addition to courses counted toward general education

7

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

No-track, Sociology BS

Academic Plan Code(s): SOC_BS

Environment, Health, and Population Studies
Select one of the following courses: 3
Urban Sociology
Demography
Rural Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Sociology of Families
Mental Health and Illness
Medical Sociology
Sociology of Women's Health
Special Topics in Sociology
Faces of Global Poverty
Globalization, Culture and Third-World Development
Social Inequalities, Behavioral, and Structural Studies
Select two of the following courses: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
Four 400-level Sociology electives12
One 200+ level Sociology elective3
SOC 400Independent Study 3
or SOC 405 Voluntarism
Social Science Supporting Courses
Select one of the following courses: 3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Introduction to Pan-African Studies
Women In American Culture
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Electives in Social Sciences other than Sociology, of which 6 hours must be at 300 level or above21
Minimum Electives9
Minimum Total Hours60

BS in Sociology with a Track in Health, Medicine, and Well-Being

Academic Plan Code: SOC_BS_HMW 

Select one of the following courses: 3
Urban Sociology
Demography
Environmental Sociology
Sociology of Human Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Families
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Select two of the following courses:6
Mental Health and Illness
Medical Sociology
Sociology of Women's Health
Special Topics in Sociology
Select four of the following courses: 12
Sociology of Aging
Sociology of Death & Dying
Sociology of Leisure
Sociology of Health and Illness
The Health Care System
Sociology of Disabilities
Special Topics in Sociology
Social Inequality & Stratification
One 200+ Sociology elective3
SOC 400Independent Study 3
or SOC 405 Voluntarism
Social Science Supporting Courses
Select one of the following courses: 3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Introduction to Pan-African Studies
Women In American Culture
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Electives in Social Sciences other than Sociology, of which 18 hours must come from the course list indicated below; 6 hours must be at the 300+ level, and 3 hours must be an ethics course 121
Minimum Electives9
Minimum Total Hours60
1

Eighteen hours must be taken from the following courses:

ANTH 207Principles of Biological Anthropology 4
ANTH 303Human Origins3
ANTH 307Darwin3
ANTH 308Primates3
ANTH 309Sex, Gender and Culture3
ANTH 327The Human Skeleton3
ANTH 328Environmental Archaeology3
ANTH 353Evolutionary Anthropology3
ANTH 354Anthropology of Infectious Disease3
ANTH 410Skeletal Forensics3
COMM 430Health Communication 3
CJ 352Sex Crimes3
CJ 415Substance Abuse, Crime and Criminal Justice3
ECON 355Health Economics3
HSS 293Social and Psychological Dimensions of Physical Activity 3
HSS 310Healthy Lifestyles II3
HSS 364Women's Health Issues 3
HSS 380Medicinals: Their Use and Misuses3
HSS 383Public Health Principles and Practices3
HSS 392Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology3
HSS 430Epidemiology of Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition3
HSS 431Leadership in Health Promotion 3
HSS 434Public Health Education Methods3
HSS 455Current Trends and Issues in Health Education 3
HSS 460Human Body in Health and Disease3
HSS 462Alcohol and Drug Education3
HSS 469Administering Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs3
HIST 359History of Modern Science3
PSYC 305Brain and Behavior3
PSYC 325Health Psychology3
PHPB 301Health Equity 3
PHEH 301Public Health and Our Environment3
PHEH 325Public Health Nutrition3
PHEH 330Childhood Nutrition from a Public Health Perspective3
PHEH 331Food Composition and Public Health 3
PHEH 332Nurtition Assessment Tools3
PHEP 301Global Public Health 3
WGST 312Sociology of Women's Health3
WGST 364Women's Health Issues 3
WGST 415Sociology of Disabilities3
WGST 509Women and Medicine3

No-Track Sociology BS

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Introduction to Pan-African Studies
Women In American Culture
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
 Hours16-17
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 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
or Race in the United States
3
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
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 or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
SOC 303 Introduction to Research Methods 3
SOC 323 Diversity and Inequality 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Social Science elective 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
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) 3
Urban Sociology
or Demography
or Rural Sociology
or Environmental Sociology
or Sociology of Families
or Mental Health and Illness
or Medical Sociology
or Sociology of Women's Health
or Special Topics in Sociology
or Faces of Global Poverty
or Globalization, Culture and Third-World Development
Social Inequalities, Behavioral, and Structural Studies elective (300 level) 3
Sociology of Human Sexuality
or Sociology of Gender
or Sociology of Deviant Behavior
or Criminology
or Sociology of Music in Contemporary America
or Sociology of Religion
or Money, Economics and Society
or Animals and Society
Social Science elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Sociology elective from Social Inequalities, Behavioral, and Structural Studies 3
Sociology of Human Sexuality
or Sociology of Gender
or Sociology of Deviant Behavior
or Criminology
or Sociology of Music in Contemporary America
or Sociology of Religion
or Money, Economics and Society
or Animals and Society
Sociology elective (400 level) 3
Social Science elective 3
Social Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Social Science elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
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
 Hours15
Spring
SOC 400
Independent Study
or Voluntarism
3
Sociology elective (400 level) 3
Social Science elective (300 level) 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122-124

Track in Health, Medicine, and Well-Being

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning-QR 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
or Introduction to Latin American Studies
or Introduction to Pan-African Studies
or Women In American Culture
or Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
 Hours16-17
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 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-SL 1
SOC 202
Social Problems
or Race in the United States
3
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
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 or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
SOC 303 Introduction to Research Methods 3
SOC 323 Diversity and Inequality 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social and Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective-SBH 3
Social Science elective 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
SOC 320 Social Theory 3
Humanities or Natural Sciences elective (300 level or above) 3
One of the following Sociology electives: 3
Urban Sociology
or Demography
or Environmental Sociology
or Sociology of Human Sexuality
or Sociology of Gender
or Sociology of Families
or Sociology of Deviant Behavior
One of the following track electives: 2 3
Mental Health and Illness
or Medical Sociology
or Sociology of Women's Health
or Special Topics in Sociology
Social science elective 1 3
 Hours15
Spring
One of the following track electives: 2 3
Mental Health and Illness
or Medical Sociology
or Sociology of Women's Health
or Special Topics in Sociology
One of the following 400 level Sociology courses: 3 3
Sociology of Aging
or Sociology of Death & Dying
or Sociology of Leisure
or Sociology of Health and Illness
or The Health Care System
or Sociology of Disabilities
or Special Topics in Sociology
or Social Inequality & Stratification
General elective 3
Social Science elective 1 3
Social science elective 1 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
One of the following 400 level Sociology electives: 3 3
Sociology of Aging
or Sociology of Death & Dying
or Sociology of Leisure
or Sociology of Health and Illness
or The Health Care System
or Sociology of Disabilities
or Special Topics in Sociology
or Social Inequality & Stratification
One of the following 400 level Sociology electives: 3 3
Sociology of Aging
or Sociology of Death & Dying
or Sociology of Leisure
or Sociology of Health and Illness
or The Health Care System
or Sociology of Disabilities
or Special Topics in Sociology
or Social Inequality & Stratification
Social science elective 1 3
Ethics course related to health, medicine and well-being 4 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
SOC 400
Independent Study
or Voluntarism
3
One of the following 400 level Sociology electives: 3 3
Sociology of Aging
or Sociology of Death & Dying
or Sociology of Leisure
or Sociology of Health and Illness
or The Health Care System
or Sociology of Disabilities
or Special Topics in Sociology
or Social Inequality & Stratification
Social science elective (300 level or above) 1 3
General elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122-124
1

Social science electives must be selected from the following: ANTH 207, ANTH 303, ANTH 307, ANTH 308, ANTH 309, ANTH 327, ANTH 328, ANTH 353, ANTH 354, ANTH 410, COMM 430, CJ 352, CJ 415, ECON 355, HSS 293, HSS 310, HSS 364, HSS 380, HSS 383, HSS 392, HSS 430, HSS 431, HSS 434, HSS 455, HSS 460, HSS 462, HSS 469, HIST 359, PSYC 305, PSYC 325, PHPB 301, PHEH 301, PHEH 325, PHEH 330, PHEH 331, PHEH 332, PHEP 301, WGST 312, WGST 364, WGST 415, or WGST 509

2

SOC 350 may only satisfy this requirement if the topic is related to health, medicine, and well-being. Other electives may be substituted with approval from the undergraduate advisor. 

3

SOC 450 may only satisfy this requirement if the topic is related to health, medicine, and well-being. Other electives may be substituted with approval from the undergraduate advisor. 

4

PHIL 323 is an example of an appropriate ethics course. Other possible courses that may be used to satisfy this requirement should be discussed with the undergraduate advisor. 

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 Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" 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."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

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