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Majors must complete a minimum of 124 hours for graduation. These requirements are broken down into the following:
  • 56-58 hours in the common curriculum
  • 21 hours in a particular area of emphasis (Criminology, Social Psychology, General Sociology)
  • 18 hours of support courses
  • 14 hours of free electives

All sociology majors must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA in the courses required for the sociology majors (i.e., courses in the core sociology curriculum, courses in the emphasis and support area). Students must have a grade of ā€œCā€ or better in each course required for the major.

All sociology majors must also pass the Senior Comprehensive Exit Examination in Sociology. Passing the Sophomore Proficiency Examination in English (SPEE) is a prerequisite for all the 400 level sociology courses, except special topics courses. Passing the SPEE is also a prerequisite to take the Exit Examination. Students must take the GRE or another standardized examination (MCAT, LSAT, GMAT) as part of graduation requirements.



Core Curriculum - 21 hours


Course # Course Title Credits
SOC 260 Social Science Statistics 3
SOC 310 Deviant Behavior 3
SOC 328 Soc. of Black Experience 3
SOC 361 Social Psychology 3
SOC 440 Sociological Theory 3
SOC 460 Methods of Research 3
SOC 461 Senior Field Paper 3



Support Courses - 18 hours


Course # Course Title Credits
ECO 231 Macroeconomics 3
GEO 231 World Reg. Geography 3
POS 330 OR U.S. Government 3
POS 331 State/Local Government
PSY 201 Intro to Psychology 3
SOC 211 Intro to Social Work 3
SOC 365 Cultural Anthropology 3



Areas of Emphasis


Criminology - 15 hours

Course # Course Title Credits
SOC 300 Social Problems 3
SOC 315 Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOC 334 Marriage and the Family 3
SOC 340 Criminology 3
PSY 411 Abnormal Psychology 3


Social Psychology - 15 hours

Course # Course Title Credits
SOC 382 Minority Groups 3
SOC 390 OR Sociology of Aging 3
SOC 395 Sociology of Health & Medicine
SOC 338 OR Sociology of Organizations 3
SOC 438 Community and Urban Life
PSY 420 Personality Theory 3
PSY 441 Abnormal Psychology 3


General Sociology - 15 hours

Course # Course Title Credits
SOC 325 Demography 3
SOC 334 Marriage and the Family 3
SOC 382 Minority Groups 3
SOC 390 OR Sociology of Aging 3
SOC 395 Sociology of Health & Medicine
SOC 338 OR Sociology of Organizations 3
SOC 438 Comm. and Urban Life



Minor Requirements


A minor in sociology consists of 18 semester hours. All sociology minors are required to take SOC 361 and SOC 440 in addition to 12 hours of sociology course work at the 300-400 level.