Sociology

Earn Your Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology focuses on the study of human beings in their social settings. Sociology majors study topics such as social structures, various forms of social interactions, racial and ethnic groups, and the making and implementation of social policy. Graduates of the program are prepared for entry-level social science-linked and social service positions.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Sociology program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of basic sociological concepts;
  • Apply major sociological theoretical perspectives;
  • Explain the methodologies of collecting and assessing data that the discipline of sociology offers;
  • Assess the quality of sociological research by applying the standards of the discipline;
  • Analyze critically major sociological issues; and
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for cultural and social diversity.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits

  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits

  • Major Course Requirements: 36 credits
Electives: 35 credits


Students must earn a minimum of 30 upper division credits. In this program, some courses may simultaneously be applied to major and General Education requirements.

Major Course Requirements (36 credits):
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
SOC 203 Social Problems (3 credits)
PSY 325 Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences (3 credits)
PSY 326 Research Methods (3 credits)

Choose six courses (24 credits) from the following:
SOC 304 Social Gerontology (3 credits)
SOC 305 Crime & Society (3 credits)
SOC 308 Racial & Ethnic Groups (3 credits)
SOC 312 Child, Family, & Society (3 credits)
SOC 315 Cross-Cultural Perspectives (3 credits)
SOC 320 Public Policy & Social Services (3 credits)
SOC 330 Social Justice and Society (3 credits)
SOC 331 Social Justice & Ethics (3 credits)
SOC 490 Social Science Capstone (3 credits)

You also have the opportunity to complete a specialization, which will enhance your Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree. The Political Science and Government specialization is available for this major. View a detailed list of specialization requirements.

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Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation

Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation


Information regarding cohort retention, persistence, and graduation data for campus Bachelor’s degree-level students can be found at the following link: Campus Bachelor's Data. Additional disaggregated views of cohort retention, persistence, and graduation for students in all degree levels and modalities are also available.