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B.A. in Sociology

Degree Requirements Sample Programs
Areas of Concentration

Degree Requirements
The B.A. in Sociology requires 121 course credits, including:

College Core Requirements 46 credits*
Sociology Major 30 credits
    Major Foundation Courses   12 credits
    SOC 304 Globalization and Inequality (3 credits)
    SOC 307 Survey Research (3 credits)
    SOC 324 Sociological Theories (3 credits)
    SOC 416 Seminar in Sociology (3 credits)
    Area of Concentration Courses (18 credits)
Open Electives
45 credits
TOTAL 121 credits

*Three core credits in the Social Sciences satisfied with Major requirements.

Note - Students will choose courses in their area of concentration after consultation with a departmental advisor. Students should take SOC 304 during their sophomore year, SOC 324 during their junior year, SOC 307 during the fall semester of senior year, and SOC 416 during spring semester of senior year.

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Areas of Concentration

General Sociology | Criminology and Justice | Education and Society | Social Service
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General Sociology
The specialization of a student will depend on the goals, interests and skills of an individual student. General sociology will prepare students to pursue as an avenue for any given specialty. Recommended for students interested in research in sociology, teaching, law, business administration (personnel, sales), public administration, urban planning, human services, and related fields.

Required Courses 30 credits
SOC 304 Globalization and Inequality 3 credits
SOC 307 Survey Research 3 credits
SOC 324 Sociological Theories 3 credits
SOC 416 Seminar in Sociology 3 credits

Recommended Courses
The best slate of courses for this concentration will depend on the individual student, in consultation with the faculty members of the department.

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Criminology and Justice
Recommended for students interested in pursuing careers in the legal profession, crime analysis, law enforcement, probation and parole, and related areas of the system of criminal justice.

Required Courses 9 credits
SOC 309 Criminology 3 credits
SOC 361 Foundations of Justice 3 credits
SOC 364 Criminal Law and Society 3 credits

Recommended Courses
The best slate of courses (18 credits) for this concentration will depend on the individual student, in consultation with the faculty members of the department. Students also are strongly encouraged to do an internship in this area of concentration.

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Education and Society
Recommended for students interested in teaching and other careers related to education.

Required Courses 12 credits
SOC 304 Globalization and Inequality 3 credits
SOC 307 Survey Research 3 credits
SOC 324 Sociological Theories 3 credits
SOC 416 Seminar in Sociology 3 credits

Recommended Courses
The best slate of courses (18 credits) for this concentration will depend on the individual student, in consultation with the faculty members of the department.

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Social Service
Recommended for students interested in human services, social work and related careers.
Required Courses 9 credits
SOC 210 Introduction to Social Work 3 credits
SOC 212 Social Work Practice I 3 credits
SOC 375 Internship OR 3 credits
SOC 315 Social Policy 3 credits

Recommended Courses
The best slate of courses (18 credits) for this concentration will depend on the individual student, in consultation with the faculty members of the department.
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