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Program Requirements

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 through Online Learning (OL), which refers to semester-based online courses, Independent Learning (IL), which refers to non-semester based courses or both delivery methods. The delivery method is noted beside each course.

Major Required Courses (16 hours)

SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours - OL/IL
SOCL 200 200 Elective from List  3 hours - OL
SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology 3 hours - OL/IL
SOCL 302 Strategies of Social Research 3 hours - OL
SOCL 304 Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society 3 hours
SOCL 499 Senior Seminar* 1 hour
*Requires Two Meetings
SOCL 210 Interaction with Self and Society 3 hours - OL
SOCL 220 Marriage and Family 3 hours - OL/IL
SOCL 240 Contemporary Social Problems 3 hours - IL
SOCL 309 Social Deviance 3 hours - OL/IL
SOCL 322 Religion in Society 3 hours - IL
SOCL 324 Sociology of Sport 3 hours - OL/IL
SOCL 330 Criminology 3 hours OL/IL
SOCL 332 Juvenile Delinquency 3 hours - IL
SOCL 342 Aging in Society 3 hours IL
SOCL 352 Technology, Work, and Society 3 hours - IL
SOCL 360 The Community in Rural and Urban Settings 3 hours - IL
SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society 3 hours - IL
SOCL 438 Victimology 3 hours - OL/IL
SOCL 450 Occupations and Professions 3 hours - IL

Please Note: Students seeking a baccalaureate degree must also complete a minor area of study, General Education RequirementsPDF document, and have a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. To meet 120 hours, students may select electives from any area of concentration to complement their Degree Program of choice. General Education can now be completed online for most programs, including Sociology. There are several minors available online. Please talk with an advisor to develop a program that best meets your needs. Developmental courses do NOT count toward the total number of hours required for graduation.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14