New Degree Requirements starting 2023-2024


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

REAL Curriculum
Beginning for the 2023-24 academic year, the Sociology major fulfills three areas of the REAL Curriculum general education requirements:  Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning (R), Cultural or Behavioral Analysis (A), and Applied Learning (L).  Students choose from an additional major or minor to fulfill the E (Humanistic or Artistic Expression) area of REAL.

REAL Foundational Requirements

Foundational Writing (3 Credits)

Foundational Math (3 credits)

REAL Cornerstone Requirements

Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level. The Sociology major includes six credits of writing intensive courses.

General Education Requirements
General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE).  Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements.  The Sociology major includes 6-12 general education credits.

Sociology Major Required Courses (27 credits)
SOCY 110 Introduction to Sociology. 3 (GE)
SOCY 250 Social Inequality. 3 (GE)
SOCY 360 Sociological Theory. 3
SOCY 365 Society and the Individual. 3
SOCY 380 Introduction to Social Research Methods. 3
SOCY 480 Survey Research Methods. 3 (WI)
SOCY 486 Real World Sociology: Applied Research Principles. 3
SOCY 497 Senior Seminar in Sociology. 3
SOCY 499 Internship. 3 (WI)

Sociology Major Electives (6 credits)
Choose six additional SOCY credits (two courses) at the 300- or 400-level in courses not listed above.

Required Outside Coursework (3 credits)
STAT 130 Understanding Statistics in Society (GE)
STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics (GE)
Either course may be used to partially fulfill the B.S. Requirements.

B.S./B.A. Requirements (6-12 credits)
(see below)

Total Credits Needed for Degree (120 credits)

B.A. Requirements:
  The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of the B.A. language requirements described in the RU catalog.

B.S. Requirements:  Sociology majors pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree must complete six to eight semester hours chosen from the following:
Any class (if not used to meet a Core Curriculum requirement) in ANSC, APST, BIOL, CHEM, COMS, ECON, GEOL, GEOS (courses designated T only), INST, MATH, PHYS, SOWK, STAT, WMST, or 300-400 level course in: ENGL, HIST, PHIL, POSC, PSYC, RELN.

Graduation Requirements
To graduate with a major in Sociology, a student must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken with a SOCY prefix. Majors must complete all required courses in the SOCY major curricula listed above with a grade of "C-" or better.

Open Credit Hours (73-75 credits)

These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements.

Sociology Minor. 18

The Sociology minor fulfills the Cultural and Behavioral Analysis (A) area in the REAL Curriculum.  To graduate with a minor in Sociology, a student must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken with a SOCY prefix. The Sociology minor consists of a minimum of 18 semester hours in sociology, including SOCY 110; SOCY 210 or SOCY 250; and SOCY 365. The remaining hours must include two sociology courses at the 300- or 400-level.


Fall and Spring
SOCY 110 Intro to Sociology
SOCY 210 Social Problems
SOCY 250 Social Inequality
SOCY 365 Society and the Individual

Fall Only
SOCY 360 Sociological Theory
SOCY 380 Intro to Social Research Methods
SOCY 497 Senior Seminar

Spring Only
SOCY 480 Survey Research Methods
SOCY 499 Internship