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2022-2023 Academic Catalog (August 2022 - July 2023) 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog (August 2022 - July 2023) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology (BS)


The goal of Sociology is to provide an understanding of the scientific study of social problems and human behavior in social settings. Sociology is concerned with causes and solutions for social problems, and the growth of the individual within the wider context of society. In the study of sociology, the student is encouraged to develop a theoretical framework and techniques of investigation useful for analysis and insight into group behavior.

The student interested in a Bachelor of Science degree may major in sociology with a minor in another discipline. Note the required grade average in Department of Social Work and Sociology.

Sociology majors seeking careers in criminology or criminal justice may select the emphasis in Crinimology.  This curriculum provids a broad liberal arts education that encourages them to think critically about crime and justice issues and prepares them for careers in the criminal justice systems or preparation for a graduate degree program. 

A GPA of 2.0 is required.

Core Requirements:

The degree of Bachelor of Science, with a major in sociology or with a major in sociology with a criminology emphasis, requires successful completion of 120 semester hours, including (1) the General Education Program ; (2) the sociology program listed below; and (3) a program of electives or a minor as worked out with the student’s adviser.


Sociology Electives

Twenty-four (24) credit hours from any courses designated SOC or CRIM.  

Criminology Emphasis Electives

Eighteen (18) credit hours from any courses designated CRIM or SOC.