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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life including the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It looks at groups, organizations, and societies— how they develop and change and how people interact in them. Since so much that humans do is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, from divisions by race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, from the sociology of work to the sociology of popular music. Indeed sociology seems to offer something for everyone, and its career potential is becoming increasingly recognized by today’s students.

We offer coursework for those who are pursuing a variety of careers. Our students have practice in many of the skills most desired by today’s employers, including the ability to communicate effectively and promote teamwork, to frame and solve problems realistically, to plan and evaluate projects and programs, to prepare clear and concise reports and manuals, and to speak effectively in varied group situations.

Students may select from four concentrations or they may choose the general major:

The General Sociology Major (without concentration) is designed to further awareness and understanding of social life including the social causes and consequences of human behavior in groups, organizations, societies, and various cultures.

The four concentrations are:

  1. Community, Environment, and Development: This concentration emphasizes the causes, dynamics, and consequences of socioeconomic change for people, how they live in communities, and how they relate to the natural world.
  2. Family, Gender, and Sexuality: This concentration emphasizes the ways in which gender, sexuality, and kinship relations shape individual and group experiences.
  3. Inequality and Social Change: This concentration emphasizes inequalities, such as those of race, class, and sex, the manner in which such inequalities become structurally rooted in society, and the ways in which individuals and groups seek to reverse inequalities.
  4. Research Methods: This concentration includes coursework designed to enhance methodological skills and the use of statistical techniques associated with the collection, analysis, and presentation of social science data.
A minor in Sociology is also available.

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s) if applicable
  • ACT or SAT scores if applicable

When completing the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application, under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:

  1. Category of Study Bachelor's Degree
  2. Planned Course of Study Sociology
  3. Concentration Select your concentration or choose "none"
  4. Primary Location Online

Helpful Tips to Complete the Admission Application

A major in sociology leads to a bachelor of arts degree and requires a minimum of ten courses (31 semester hours) in sociology including six required courses. A student works closely with an advisor to develop an individualized program to fit his or her personal interests and career goals.

Students may choose one of four thematic concentrations or they may choose a general major.

The following lists the courses required for every sociology major and the semester in which the course may be available through WKU Online (semester-based online courses or self-paced through On Demand).

Required Courses

SOCL 100

Introductory Sociology (Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer)

SOCL 300

Using Statistics in Sociology (Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer)

SOCL 302

Strategies of Social Research (Fall, Spring & Summer)

SOCL 304

Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society (Fall & Spring)
SOCL 499 Senior Seminar (Fall & Spring)

Students may choose one of four thematic concentrations or they may choose a general major. Additional core requirements and restricted electives depend on the concentration selected.

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.

Additional Core Courses (16 hours total)

SOCL 210 or

SOCL 240

Interaction Self and Society (Fall)

Global Social Problems (Fall, spring, and summer)

Non-restricted Sociology Electives (15 hours)

Below is a list of additional required core requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.

Additional Core Courses (16 hours total)

SOCL 270

Introduction to Community, Environment, & Development (Fall)

Concentration Courses (9 hours)

SOCL 240

Global Social Problems (Fall, spring, and summer)

SOCL 312

Collective Behavior & Social Movements (Winter)

SOCL 360

The Community in Rural & Urban Settings (Fall and spring)

Non-restricted Sociology Electives (6 hours)

Below is a list of additional required core requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.

Additional Core Courses (16 hours total)

SOCL 220

Marriage and Family (Fall, spring, and summer)

Concentration Courses (9 hours)

Choose from the following:

CRIM 446

Gender, Crime, & Justice (Spring)

SOCL 342

Aging in Society (Fall, winter, spring, and summer)

SOCL 359

Sexuality and Society (Summer)

SOCL 362

Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society (Fall and spring)

SOCL 435

Family Violence (Fall, spring, and summer)

Non-restricted Sociology Electives (6 hours)

Below is a list of additional required core requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.

Additional Core Courses (16 hours total)

SOCL 362

Social Institutions: Race, Class, & Gender (Fall and spring)

Concentration Courses (9 hours)

SOCL 240 Global Social Problems (Fall, spring, and summer)
SOCL 312 Collective Behavior & Social Movements (Winter)
SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society (Fall and spring)

Non-restricted Sociology Electives (6 hours)

Below is a list of additional required core requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.

Note: Students pursuing this concentration are strongly advised to take MATH 183

Additional Core Courses (16 hours total)

SOCL 404

Qualitative Research Methods (Fall, spring, and summer)

Concentration Courses (6 hours)

GISC 316

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (Fall, spring, and summer)

STAT 330

Introduction to Statistical Software (Spring)

Non-restricted Sociology Electives (9 hours)

Colonnade (39 Hours) or General Education Certification

In addition to the program specific courses previously listed, students without an A.A. or A.S from a regionally accredited school must complete 39 additional hours as part of the Colonnade Program (formerly General Education). However, students who transfer to WKU with an earned associate degree from a regionally accredited school are considered General Education Certified and are not required to complete Colonnade requirements.

Please note the following as you plan your program of study:

  • A bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. Remaining hours may be earned through completing a Minor Program of Study, Undergraduate Certificate, additional electives, or through a combination of these options.
  • Additional course options are available on campus. Please click HERE to see the full schedule of classes.

Academic Department

Program Coordinator: Dr. Doug Smith
Phone: (270) 745-5137
Email: douglas.smith@wku.edu
Website: wku.edu/sociology


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Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
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Website: wku.edu/online

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 Last Modified 8/6/18