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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology Major, BA (45 credits)

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The Sociology major is an exciting discipline with expanding opportunities for a wide range of career paths. Sociology is a valuable liberal arts major for students planning careers in a wide variety of fields including social research, criminology, demography, social psychology, public administration, gerontology, education, social work and market research. It provides a useful background for those planning to enter law, business, medicine, community planning, and politics.

Students may choose either a 45-credit major or a 60-credit major.

Graduation Requirement
In order to graduate, a student who completes the 45-credit major must also have a minor or second major in another discipline.

(NOTE: Students admitted to the sociology major cannot also have a sociology minor; however, they may have a social services minor. Likewise, students admitted to the social services major cannot also have a social services minor, but they may have a sociology minor.)

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills:
    • Identify underlying assumptions in theoretical models and arguments
    • Distinguish between arguments based on empirical evidence and those based on opinion
    • Recognize alternative viewpoints on social issues
  • Communicate effectively:
    • Express sociological ideas in a clear and coherent manner
    • Make oral presentations focused on course content in group settings
    • Read professional-level sociological reports with understanding
  • Apply sociological perspective:
    • Describe similarities and differences between sociology and other social sciences
    • Explain contributions of sociology to understanding social reality
    • Define and apply key concepts such as culture, status, roles, norms, socialization, deviance, conformity, self, social structure, social institution, social inequality, stratification, race, gender, social change, cultural diversity, etc.
  • Demonstrate competence in sociological theory:
    • Describe the role of theory in building sociological knowledge
    • Compare and contrast major theoretical orientations
    • Explain how theories reflect historical and cultural context of the times and cultures in which they were developed
  • Recognize and use different methods of sociological inquiry and data analysis:
    • Identify, compare, and contrast major sociological research and techniques for analyzing data
    • Design and carry out a social research project
    • Be aware of ethical issues in research
    • Demonstrate basic computer skills necessary to find, create, apply, and communicate sociological information
  • Show knowledge in substantive areas within sociology:
    • Summarize existing knowledge, current questions, and important issues in one substantive area within sociology
    • Suggest specific policy implications of research and theories in one area
  • Integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the sociology program with life goals and career interests:
    • Participate in extra curriculum and service activities that elicit positive social change
    • Apply sociological perspective in real world, professional experience

Select one course from each of the following categories - Credits: 15

Department-Approved Electives - Credits: 8

Any upper-division 300- or 400- level sociology course.

Total Credits: 45

College and Department Information

Sociology Department  
College of the Sciences  

Program Codes
Major plan codes: SOCISMBA, SOCISMBAP
Online option codes: SOCISMBAO, SOCISMBAOP

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