Sociology, B.A.

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


36 Credits Required

18 Credits Required
Grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all core SOC courses.

SOC 100 — Introduction to Sociology
SOC 201 - Social Science Statistics
SOC 255 — Methods of Social Research
SOC 260 — Applied Social Theory

Select one course emphasizing diversity from:

  • SOC 310 — Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 315 — Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 363 — Social Inequality in the U.S.

One capstone course from the following:

Sociology Electives
18 Credits Minimum Required in Sociology
Courses used toward LEP may not be counted toward this requirement. 
With the Sociology Department advice and permission, PSY 227 - Social Psychology may be taken in place of an elective sociology course.


No cognates are required for this program.


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).