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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.

A minor in Sociology is also available.

Starting your bachelor's degree program can be completed by following the steps below:

  • Apply for admission 
  • Submit Required Materials:
    • Beginning Freshmen: An official high school transcript (no faxed transcripts accepted) and ACT or SAT scores. Students over the age of 21 may substitute the ACCUPLACER for ACT/SAT.
    • Transfer Students: Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Undergraduate Admissions. You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request that an official copy be sent by mail. Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit earned, must also submit high school transcript and ACT or SAT scores.

To Apply to WKU:

Complete 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

Admission Application Deadlines

Kentucky and Out-of-State Residents

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Spring Semester: January 1
  • Summer Term: May 1

International Students

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1
  • Summer Term: March 1

A major in sociology (775) 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. Some students choose to sample a variety of topics, while others prefer to focus on a particular area of study. Examples of topical areas include social psychology, research methods and evaluation, and criminology and deviance.

Please note: Courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.


Major Required Courses (16 hours)

SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOCL 200 200 Elective from List 
SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology
SOCL 302 Strategies of Social Research
SOCL 304 Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society
SOCL 499 Senior Seminar (1 credit hour)
SOCL 210 Interaction with Self and Society
SOCL 220 Marriage and Family
SOCL 240 Contemporary Social Problems
SOCL 309 Social Deviance
SOCL 322 Religion in Society
SOCL 324 Sociology of Sport
SOCL 330 Criminology
SOCL 332 Juvenile Delinquency
SOCL 342 Aging in Society
SOCL 352 Technology, Work, and Society
SOCL 360 The Community in Rural and Urban Settings
SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society
SOCL 438 Victimology
SOCL 450 Occupations and Professions

Please Note: In addition to the courses listed above, the Sociology Major requires a minor and 44 hours as part of the Colonnade (formerly General Education) program. Minors, as well as select Colonnade courses, are available online.Please work with your advisor or support staff in WKU Online to identify online options. 

There are several minors available online. Your advisor can assist you in planning your program in a way that best meets your needs.

For more information on the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology:

Program Coordinator: Dr. Doug Smith
Email: douglas.smith@wku.edu
Web: wku.edu/pcal

For more information about the program, fill out the form below.



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 Last Modified 4/2/18