May 23, 2024  
2014-2015 General Catalog 

Sociology Major, B.S.

Sociology Mission Statement

The Sociology program’s mission is to prepare students for life in diverse, global societies by introducing them to applied and conceptual tools that enhance critical understandings of the social world. With a curriculum rooted in the liberal arts and sciences tradition, the Sociology program supports the university’s academic mission (and general education requirements), fosters an understanding of sociological theories, principles, and methodologies, integrates service- and experiential-learning with other pedagogies, and prepares students for advanced education in addition to careers in teaching, social work, and a variety of administrative and research occupations.

General Education Core

See General Education 

  • Core Course Requirements 16-17 credits
  • Knowledge Areas Requirements 16 credits

University Requirements

NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the Experiential Education Requirement courses for graduation.

Experiential Education Requirement - EDGE (1-3 Credits)

Complete One Track:

Original Project Track (3 Credits)

Students create a project of their own design 

Select Project Track (2 Credits)

Students select a project from the designated list 

Degree Requirements

BS Degree  Math or Science minimum requirement (12 credits)

Sociology Curriculum Summary

There are two options for the Sociology Capstone.

  1. Option One – Research Project
    Students choosing the research capstone project must complete SOC 3450  before enrolling in SOC 4999 
  2. Option Two – Service Learning Project
    Students choosing the service learning capstone project must complete SOC 3030  or   before enrolling in SOC 4999 .

Sociology Electives (21 credits)

  • 21 additional elective Sociology credit hours. 21 credits
  •  2000 or higher level Anthropology courses earned at SUU may be substituted for up to 6 Sociology elective credits.

Other Electives (34 Credits)

Free Electives 34 Credits (minimum)

  • Free Electives may be taken (to complete BA/BS requirements, recommended free electives from the Department, etc.) as required to reach 120 total credits.

Total Credits, B.S. degree: 120


No grade below a C- will be accepted toward the major.

No more than 12 lower division (1000- and 2000- level) credit hours may count toward the Sociology major.

Students must complete SOC 3030  before enrolling in SOC 4890 /SOC 5890 .

Students may receive a maximum of 9 upper division credits toward their major for SOC 4890 /SOC 5890 . Consult your professor for further information