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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, Communities, Inequalities and Public Policy, B.S.

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Degree and Major Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement 3 Credit Hours 2
  • Scientific Literacy requirement 3-4 Credit Hours 2
  • University electives 32-33 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) 39 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 In addition to course work taken to fulfill General Education  requirement.

Major Requirements

To earn the B.S. degree with a sociology major, students must complete a minimum of 39 credit hours in sociology. Of these credit hours, 18 are required courses; the remaining 21 credit hours are electives chosen from over 30 sociology courses. Students must observe the prerequisite sequencing of required courses as shown in the course descriptions.

Students must earn at least a “C-” in all sociology classes or any course that is substituted for a sociology core course. If a student earns below a “C-” in a course, he/she can re-take the course once in order to meet the “C-” standard.

Total: 39 Credit Hours


1 Prerequisite for SOCI 200 : SOCI 110 , SOCI 140  or SOCI 101 .
2 Students can substitute SOCI 231  with MATH 220 , PSYC 210  or COB 191 , but must take an additional sociology course to complete the required 39 hours of sociology.
3 Prerequisite for SOCI 300 : SOCI 200  and SOCI 231  (or equivalent), sociology majors only.
4 Prerequisite for SOCI 480 : SOCI 300 .
5 This course fulfills the College of Arts and Letters writing-intensive requirement for the major.
6 Students may fulfill the senior seminar requirement by completing a supervised internship with a substantial writing expectation. Students must secure their own internship placement before enrolling in the internship course and should consult an adviser or the sociology program coordinator for details. Students may also fulfill the senior seminar requirement by successfully completing the SOCI 499 Honors Thesis sequence.
7 If a course other than SOCI 231  is used to meet the statistics requirement, 24 elective credits will be required to reach the 39 credit hour total.


The sociology program encourages majors to select electives that create a coherent program of study suited to their special needs and interests. Such a focus would involve four or more courses from the following concentration groupings: 1


1 Within any of the defined concentrations students may gain credits toward completing the concentration through certain special topics or other courses. On occasion, courses taken outside the major or university may qualify. For special topics courses in sociology, see the instructor of record for that course. For other questions or possibilities see an adviser or the sociology program coordinator.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

Transfer students on a two-year course of study should change “Year” in this sequence to “Semester.”

The following is an example of a four-year course of study for a student seeking a degree in sociology:

Total: 9 Credit Hours

Total: 9 Credit Hours

Third Year

Total: 9-12 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

Total: 9-12 Credit Hours

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