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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 Core Courses   12 credits
    SOC 307 Survey Research   (3 credits)
    SOC 313 Qualitative Research Methods    (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.

Areas of Concentration

General Sociology | Criminology and Justice | Education and Society | Social Service
Urban Studies | St. John’s University Alliance for Graduate Study

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
SOC 307 Survey Research  3 credits
SOC 313 Qualitative Research Methods 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.
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
SOC 309 Criminology
SOC 361 Foundations of Justice
SOC 364 Criminal Law and Society       
Recommended Courses
SOC 302 Race and Ethnicity
SOC 305 Urban Sociology
SOC 308 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 315 Special Topics
SOC 345 New York Ethnic Communities
SOC 362 Organized Crime
SOC 363 Prisons and Probation
SOC 365 Police and Society
SOC 366 White Collar Crime
SOC 310 Sociology of Deviance
Students also are strongly encouraged to do an internship in this area of concentration.

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

Required Courses
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.

Social Service
Recommended for students interested in human services, social work and related careers.
Required Courses
SOC 210 Introduction to Social Work
SOC 212 Social Work Practice I

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.

Urban Studies  
Recommended for students interested in working with professionals in international organizations, non-profit institutions, municipal, county, and state governments or in private firms to help create communities, accommodate growth, or revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
Required Courses
SOC 305 Urban Sociology
SOC 345 NYC Ethnic Communities
SOC 347 Urban Planning

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.
Joint Degree Programs