Program Requirements

About the major

The Sociology program offers a wide variety of courses in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Courses prepare students for graduate school and professional degree programs in law, medicine, social work, public health, education, and other fields as well as careers in such areas as human services, criminal justice, marketing, public administration, and human resources. The critical thinking and communication skills students develop can be applied in many sectors of employment including nonprofits, government, and business.

As a Sociology student, you will gain an understanding of the social world and how to bring about social change. You will learn about important sociological concepts such as racial, gender, and social class inequality, the influence of culture and social structure on individual and group behavior, globalization, and social institutions including religion, medicine, and the family. Students receive a strong foundation in sociological theory, research methods, and data analysis. Sociology courses provide students with the tools necessary for a scientific understanding of social forces and how these forces impact our lives.

A major in Sociology requires 30 semester credit hours.

About the minor

A minor in Sociology requires 15 semester credit hours, including two 300-level courses.

Sociology-Biology double major

Enhance your pre-professional education with a double major in Biology and Sociology. A Sociology class is recommended or required for many health professions, including entrance to medical school. Completing nine additional Sociology courses for a major provides further preparation for admission to programs in:

  • Medical school
  • Law school
  • Marketing/business administration
  • Public health
  • Nursing
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • Social work

Departmental honors

Sociology majors will receive departmental honors by fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Maintain at least a 3.75 grade point average in major-required courses
  • Complete a substantial research project, guided by a Sociology faculty member

As an honors student, you will present your Sociology research paper at an approved conference such as the Southern Sociological Society. Students who wish to receive departmental honors are strongly encouraged to complete SOC 405 (Empirical Research Project) before their senior year.