Degree Requirements


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.

Sociology Major Required Courses through 2022-23 academic year/catalog (21 credits)
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 (WI)
SOCY 497 Senior Seminar in Sociology. 3

Sociology Major Electives through 2022-23 academic year/catalog (15 credits)
Courses selected must include four additional 300- or 400-level courses not listed above. One elective must be satisfied by an approved internship--SOCY 499 (WI)--selected in consultation with your advisor and the internship coordinator.

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 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 partially fulfill the B.S. Requirements.

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.