2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Feb 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology, B.S.

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Bachelor of Science Degree
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Sociology prepares students to understand and deal with diversity, modernization, and social change ranging from the local to global scale. The core competencies of the program prepare students to enter careers requiring technological facility, communication skills, data gathering and analysis skills, community awareness and involvement, problem-solving, critical thinking, an understanding of the structure and functioning of groups and organizations, greater awareness of their environment, critical self-reflection, and interpersonal and intercultural skills. Besides career preparation, specific concentrations in the major also provide background for graduate study in sociology and other related disciplines.

Students who graduate with a degree in Sociology would be prepared to work as demographers and data analysts, public survey workers, social research assistants, affirmative action officers, employee specialists, cultural diversity trainers, social services specialists, policy analysts, criminologists in law enforcement and corrections, and numerous other occupations. 

The program of study offers students both intellectual growth and marketable technical skills. A degree in Sociology is good preparation for graduate study in various disciplines, including Sociology, Public Health, Law, Business, Social Work, and Psychology. Included in the curriculum are concentrations in:

Culture and Social Change

Students will acquire a global perspective and the conceptual tools necessary to work in a variety of professional settings and academic positions


Students will learn about the causes of crime, how to measure the extent of crime, and how to critically examine the approaches used to prevent, sanction, and change criminal behavior.

Medical Sociology

Students will develop a critical understanding of the health care delivery system and its various stakeholders, including patients, organizations, and providers.  Other areas with the medical sociology concentration include aging, mental health, human sexuality, biotechnology and ethical issues, and substance abuse. 

General Sociology

Students will be able to choose among all Sociology courses to customize a course of study that is specific to their interests and career goals.

General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements.   

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)


*Students cannot use the same upper division level course for their upper division requirement and their concentration requirement.

Major Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

Select six courses in one concentration area:

Related Studies (12 Credit Hours)

  • Related Studies Electives 12 hours: Twelve hours of upper-division (3000-4000) studies beyond the major requirements as approved by the academic advisor.  Lower division courses or additional internship hours may also be approved when appropriate.

Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum.

Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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