Academic Plan of Study

Academic Plans of Study

Program Summary

  • Credit Hours:  120 hours
  • Concentrations:  [optional] Sociological Social Psychology; Social Problems and Policy; Organizations, Occupations, and Work
  • Declaring the Major:  Minimum GPA of 2.0 required; no pre-requisite courses; change of major form accepted year-round; orientation/advising session required after declaration.
  • Advising (For the Major):  Required on admission to the major and before beginning the senior year; required when GPA falls below 2.0; recommended more frequently.
  • Advising (For General Education):  by CLAS advising center.
  • Minimum Grades/GPA:  GPA of 2.0 in the major required for graduation; C or better in ALL courses.
  • Teacher Licensure:  No
  • Evening Classes Available:  YES (major might be completed at night).
  • Weekend Classes Available:  No
  • Other Information:  Internships, Departmental Honors, Honor Society, Concentrations, Pearson Scholarship, Study Abroad, Dual Enrollment for MA.
  • Contact(s):  Elizabeth Stearns, Undergraduate Coordinator

For a list of Undergraduate Programs, including Sociology, please visit the academics webpage.

Department Outcomes

Upon completing the program, students should be able to demonstrate:


  1. An understanding of the interactions among individuals, groups, social institutions and demography in society.  Specifically, students should be able to:
    • Distinguish the building blocks of society
    • Identify trends and patterns of relationships in society
  2. Competence in understanding, critically assessing, and applying major sociological concepts.  Specifically, students should be able to:
    • Identify and distinguish among sociological concepts
    • Integrate terms, concepts and ideas
    • Evaluate sociological concepts
  3. A recognition of the various theoretical perspectives of sociology. Specifically, students should be able to:
    • Identify assumptions and arguments associated with particular theories
    • Evaluate competing theories by assessing the logical structure of arguments and hypothesis testing
    • Apply theory in order to explain sociological phenomena
    • Explain the process of theory development
  4. An understanding of research methods appropriate to sociological inquiry. Specifically, students should be able to:
    • Identify and differentiate research methods used in sociology
    • Evaluate different research methods in terms on validity and reliability
    • Present, analyze and interpret data
    • Critically evaluate research
  5. Competence in posing research questions, developing logical arguments, and evaluating evidence. Specifically, students should be able to:
    • Pose sociological questions
    • Understand and synthesize academic research
    • Use sociological concepts to hypothesize relationships
    • Communicate clearly stated, coherent arguments based on evidence