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BA in Sociology


Sociology is the systematic analysis of people in groups, from families to large social institutions. Sociologists seek to understand distinctive social processes such as social cohesion, conflict, and change, and to apply this knowledge to social issues challenging the world today. Sociology students will use sociological theory and quantitative and qualitative methods to examine social structures that are shaped by groups, organizations, and institutions.

Evening Programs

All requirements for the Sociology and Sociology-Anthropology minors are offered in the evening.


There are 34 hours required for the Sociology major.

Writing-intensive course requirement

The writing intensive course requirement is met with SOCI 307 and SOCI 307L.

Required courses (16 hours):

SOCI 203 Principles of Sociology
SOCI 307 Research Methods
SOCI 307L Lab in Research Methods
SOCI 400 Social Theory
SOCI 411 Advanced Seminar in Sociology
MATH 106 Introductory Statistics

Plus choose six courses (6) from the following (18 hours):

ANTH 201 Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 250 Social Issues and Problems
SOCI 303 Social Psychology
SOCI 304 Marriage & Family
SOCI 316 Women in Society
SOCI 330 Directed Individual Study
SOCI 340 Social Inequality
SOCI 345 Racial & Ethnic Minorities
SOCI 350 Topics in Sociology
SOCI 305 Urban Sociology
SOCI 360 Great Writings in Sociology
POLS 334 Modern Political Thought

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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