Degrees & Requirements

The Department of Sociology offers two major tracks and a minor

B.A. in Sociology - General   &    B.A. in Sociology – Crime and Society 

All majors are required to complete the FOUR core courses:

  • Introduction to Sociology*
  • Methods of Social Research*
  • Social Theory*
  • Senior Seminar   

*These courses are required core courses for the successful completion of a Sociology minor.

All majors are also required to complete ONE of the following: STAT 161, 162, or 163

Other requirements for each track are outlined below.  

B.A. in Sociology - General

In addition to the four core courses, students choosing this track must also complete six additional Sociology courses.

Such courses might include Marriage and the Family, Cultures and Peoples, Race and Ethnicity, Social Problems or Special Topics in Sociology focusing on a critical issue in the field.

This degree is designed to offer students the most flexibility in their Sociological studies. Students may choose to incorporate service learning, internships, and/or research into their curriculum. 

Students who earn this degree are prepared to enter careers in human services, public policy, market research or related fields as well as for graduate training in sociology.


Sociology Minors

All Sociology minors must complete the THREE core classes denoted* in the top section and THREE additional Sociology courses. 

The minor is designed to give students a solid background in Sociology and flexibility to complement and extend the skills and knowledge provided by their major field of study. 

B.A. in Sociology - Crime and Society

In addition to the four core courses, students who wish to earn this specialized degree must complete six additional courses in sociology, political science and related disciplines.

These courses include ALL THREE of the following:

  • Criminology, Social Problems, Abnormal Psychology

Students also choose between:

  • Law and Society  OR Politics of the U.S. 
  • Constitutional Interpretation; Civil Rights and Liberties OR Geographic Information Systems
  • Race and Ethnicity; Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality OR Race Relations in the U.S. South

Finally, all students in the Crime and Society track complete a three-hour internship with a local law enforcement or victim advocacy agency to provide them with a practical experience to match their academic knowledge.

This track is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, victim advocacy and related fields.