Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

All requirements for sociology majors are outlined below. Among the requirements are 21 semester hours of Required Courses and 15 hours of department electives.

Core Curriculum Requirements. 43-45
In College Core B, all majors in programs in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences are required to pass a second course in Social and Behavioral Sciences; ie., CHBS majors cannot fulfill College Core B requirements with a Health and Wellness course.

Required Courses. 21
SOCY 110 Introduction to Sociology. 3
SOCY 250 Social Inequality. 3
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
SOCY 497 Senior Seminar in Sociology. 3

Sociology Electives. 15
Courses selected must include four additional 300- or 400-level courses not listed above.  One elective must be satisfied by an approved internship or other designated applied sociology course selected in consultation with your advisor.

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

Electives. 22-35
Students should consult with their academic advisors in selecting elective courses to complete 120 hours required for graduation.

Total Credits Needed for Degree. 120

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 major curricula listed above with a grade of "C-" or better.  All majors in the department must successfully complete either STAT 130: Understanding Statistics in Society, or STAT 200: Introduction to Statistics.  Either course is a prerequisite for SOCY 380.  Either course may be used to fulfill partially the Core Curriculum requirements for College Core B.

Sociology Minor. 18

This 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.