Sociology Degree Requirements

Sociology Major Requirements (43 credits)

Major in Sociology (43 credits)

I. Major Program Requirements (16 credits)

Thirty-seven semester credits of sociology courses including:

  • SO 101      Introduction to Sociology
  • SO 200      Social Problems
  • SO 331      Social Science Research Methods (4 credits)
  • SO 392      Modern Sociological Theory
  • SO 495      Senior Seminar in Sociology

II. Other Program Requirements (6 credits)

  • MA 207     Elementary Statistics
  • ENWR 302    Expository Writing or ENWR 305 Workplace Writing (recommended for Criminology emphasis)

All Sociology majors are encouraged to complete at least one internship.

III. Specialization Areas (21 credits)

  1. Broad Field Sociology: Nine of the remaining 21 credits must be upper division and should be chosen with the assistance of an advisor.
  2. Criminology:
    1. Take these four courses (12 credits):
      • SO 262      Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Dependency
      • SO 309      Crime and Criminology
      • SO 312      Juvenile Delinquency and Deviant Behavior
      • SO 314      Sociology of Law
    • Take three of the following courses with the advice of an advisor (9 credits): SO/AN 208 The Family SO/AN 218 Introduction to Native American Studies
    • SO/GNDR 225 Sociology of Gender
    • SO/PSY 240 Social Psychology: Social Affect and Cognition
    • SO/PSY 241 Social Psychology: Social Behaviors
    • SO/AN 317 Ethnic and Racial Relations
    • SO 389 Special Topics in Criminology
    • SO 425 Sociology Internship The following are recommended courses in other disciplines
    • ENWR 303 Grant Writing (WI)
    • GIS 110 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    • HI 121-122 History of the United States
    • PO 201 Introduction to the Legal Profession
    • PSY 105 General Psychology Majors and Minors—Sociology 243
    • PSY 228 Adolescent Psychology
    • PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology
  3. Medical and Human Services: Nine of the remaining 21 credits must be upper division:
    1. One of the following courses (3 credits):
      • SO/AN 218    Introduction to Native American Studies
      • SO/AN 317    Ethnic and Racial Relations
    2. Six of the following courses (18 credits):
      • SO/AN 208  The Family
      • SO/GNDR 225 Sociology of Gender
      • SO/PSY 240 Social Psychology: Social Affect and Cognition
      • SO/PSY 241 Social Psychology: Social Behaviors
      • SO 251  Gender, Health, and Medicine
      • SO 262 Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Dependency
      • SO 351      Medical Sociology
      • SO 355      Sociology of Emotions
      • SO 360      Environmental Sociology
      • SO 425      Sociology Internship

The following are recommended courses in other disciplines: 

  • CO360 Health Communication
  • ENWR 303 Grant Writing (WI)
  • PSY 105 General Psychology 
  • PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology 

To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in sociology a student must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all of the courses listed under Major Program Requirements, Other Program Requirements, and Specialization Areas. A major thesis, written in SO 495 Senior Seminar, is the capstone of the sociology major.

Sociology Minor Requirements

Minor in Sociology

1. Minor Program Requirements:

Twenty-one semester credits of sociology courses including:

  • SO 101      Introduction to Sociology
  • SO 200      Social Problems
  • SO 392      Modern Social Theory

At least 6 of the remaining 12 credits required must be upper division (300-400 level) courses

To earn a minor in sociology a student must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all of the courses listed under “Minor Program Requirements.”