Sociology, BA

Program Description

Sociology is the scientific study of human societies. At the macro-level, sociology studies societies as a whole and their social institutions such as the family, economy, religion, polity, and education. At the micro-level, sociology is concerned with everyday interactions within small social groups.

The purpose of the sociology curriculum is to:

  1. provide education in the theories, concepts, definitions and language of sociology;
  2. cultivate an understanding of the methods of research and interpretation of research findings;
  3. prepare students for graduate study in sociology;
  4. develop selected skills applicable to careers in the public or private sector.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding in the theories, concepts, definitions and language of sociology;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply professional standards of writing and research to sociological issues;
  • Obtain advanced knowledge for use in the pursuit of graduate study in sociology;
  • Complete a sociological research project and present it to a professional audience;
  • Obtain advanced knowledge of research and writing skills applicable to careers in the public and private sector.

General Requirements

Areas covered in the curriculum include, but are not limited to, development of human societies, the nature of social interactions at the individual and group levels, structures and processes of social organizations, deviant behavior, and research methods and computer applications used in social analysis. Skills acquired from this curriculum are helpful for careers in human services, government, business, and or graduate studies.

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in sociology requires a minimum of 37 semester hours in sociology. At least 24 of these hours must be at the upper-division (3300 or 4300) level. The College of Liberal Arts also requires students in sociology to take at least 6 hours of a second language. Sociology majors are encouraged to take MATH 1442 Statistics for Life (4 sch) to satisfy the Mathematics Core Curriculum Program requirement. Students who do not take MATH 1442 Statistics for Life (4 sch) to satisfy the Mathematics Core Curriculum Program requirement will be required to do so in order to fulfill the statistics requirement for the major. Students are also encouraged to select a minor or elective work in a related field that is pertinent to the student’s career goals.

To earn a degree with a major in sociology, a student must complete a minimum of 37 semester hours of sociology courses exclusively applied to the major and beyond the requirement of the Core Curriculum Program.  Within the College of Liberal Arts, only 6 semester hours that count towards a major may be applied to a minor.

Requirements Credit Hours
Core Curriculum Program 42
First-Year Seminars (when applicable)1 0-2
Sociology Major Requirements 37
University Electives 32-34
Foreign Language Requirements 6
Total Credit Hours 117-121

Program Requirements

Full-time, First-year Students
UNIV 1101First-Year Seminar I1
UNIV 1102First-Year Seminar II1
Core Curriculum Program
University Core Curriculum42
Sociology Major Requirements
SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 4301Social Theory 13
SOCI 4445Social Research Methods 14
SOCI 4385Senior Seminar in Sociology (to be taken during senior year only) 13
Inequities courses
Select three of the following:9
Social Problems
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of Gender
Mexican American Women
Social Class and Inequality ^
Social Organizations and Institutions courses
Select two of the following:6
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Work and Occupations
Complex Organizations
Sociology Electives
Select three of the following: 29
Social Psychology
Sociology through Film
Mexican American Women
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Sociology of Sports
Medical Sociology
Criminology
Topics in Sociology
Directed Individual Study
Applied Experience
University Electives
Select 32-34 hours of university electives.32-34
Foreign Language Requirements
See the College of Liberal Arts for the college language requirement.6
Total Hours119-121

Required Sequences of Courses

  • SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology (3 sch) before all other sociology courses
  • MATH 1442 Statistics for Life (4 sch) before SOCI 4445 Social Research Methods (4 sch)
  • SOCI 4445 Social Research Methods (4 sch) and SOCI 4301 Social Theory (3 sch) must be taken before SOCI 4385 Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 sch)

Note:

Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology (3 sch)) or permission of the instructor is required for admission into all upper-division sociology courses.

Courses

SOCI 1301  Introduction to Sociology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BASIC CONCEPTS, METHODS, AND THEORIES USED IN SOCIOLOGY. TOPICS ILLUSTRATE THE SYSTEMATIC UNDERSTANDING OF SOCIAL INTERACTION, SOCIAL ORGANIZATION, AND SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETY ARE EXAMINED. TOPICS MAY INCLUDE – BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO – SOCIALIZATION, CULTURE, SOCIAL STRATIFICATION, RACE AND ETHNICITY, SEX AND GENDER, DEVIANCE, FAMILY, WORK, AND SOCIAL CHANGE.

TCCNS: SOCI 1301  
SOCI 2301  Social Problems  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

A SURVEY AND EXPLORATION OF THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF MAJOR SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN THE U.S. SOCIETY, INCLUDING CONTEMPORARY ISSUES OF POVERTY, UNEMPLOYMENT, INCOME INEQUALITY, HEALTH CARE, CRIME, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND OTHER ISSUES OF SOCIAL CLASS, RACIAL, ETHNIC, AND GENDER INEQUALITY.

TCCNS: SOCI 1306  
SOCI 2319  Social Psychology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF HOW A PERSON'S THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIOR ARE INFLUENCED BY OTHERS. TOPICS WILL INCLUDE SOCIAL COGNITION, ATTITUDES, PERSUASION, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, AND GROUP BEHAVIOR. (CREDIT MAY NOT BE GIVEN FOR BOTH THIS COURSE AND PSYC 2326.) CROSS LISTED WITH PSYC 2319.

TCCNS: SOCI 2326  
SOCI 3310  Sociology through Film  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THE EXAMINATION OF FILM AS A CULTURE ARTIFACT TO ILLUSTRATE SOCIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS, THEORIES, AND PERSPECTIVES. SPECIFIC ATTENTION WILL BE GIVEN TO NARRATIVES OF FILM AS THEY ILLUSTRATE CULTURE, AGING, SOCIAL CLASS, GENDER, RACE/ETHNICITY, IDENTITY, AND OTHER SOCIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS.

SOCI 3312  Racial and Ethnic Relations  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THE STUDY OF CULTURAL, RELIGIOUS, ETHNIC AND RACIAL GROUPS, AND THE TREATMENT ACCORDED THEM IN SOCIETY. PREJUDICE, DISCRIMINATION AND THE OUTCOMES OF DISCRIMINATION IN RELATION TO BOTH DOMINANT AND SUBORDINATE GROUPS ARE CONSIDERED.

SOCI 3320  Sociology of Gender  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

AN EXAMINATION OF THE ROOTS, NATURE AND SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF GENDER ROLES INCLUDING SOCIALIZATION OF MEN AND WOMEN, GENDER ROLE RELATIONSHIPS FROM THE PERSPECTIVES OF SOCIOLOGY. ISSUES OF FAMILY, EDUCATION, WORK AND THE ECONOMY, RELIGION, POLITICS AND LAW, FEMINIST ORGANIZATIONS, FEMINIST THEORY, AND MEN'S AND WOMEN'S MOVEMENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

SOCI 3321  Mexican American Women  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

A STUDY OF THE CHICANAS AND THE TRENDS IN SOCIETY AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE AFFECTING THEIR LIVES AND BEHAVIORS.

SOCI 3340  Sociology of the Family  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THE STUDY OF THE FAMILY, RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ITS MEMBERS, AND THE RELATIONSHIP OF FAMILY TO OTHER SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

SOCI 3349  Sociology of Deviant Behavior  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

A SYSTEMATIC AND CRITICAL STUDY OF THE NATURE, PATTERNS, AND PROCESSES OF VIOLATIONS OF SIGNIFICANT SOCIAL NORMS BY MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. SPECIFIC ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO VIOLATIONS SUCH AS DRUG ABUSE, VIOLENCE IN AND OUTSIDE THE FAMILY, AND WHITE-COLLAR OFFENSES.

SOCI 3350  Sociology of Education  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

EMPLOYING A SOCIOLOGICAL LENS TO EXAMINE FORMAL EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER COUNTRIES, STUDENTS WILL EXPLORE VARIOUS SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT AND CONTROVERSIES SURROUNDING EDUCATION IN MODERN SOCIETIES. THEY WILL EXAMINE IMPORTANT ISSUES RELATED TO FORMAL EDUCATION, SUCH AS THE EXPANSION OF SCHOOLING, EQUALITY OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY, UNEQUAL ACHIEVEMENT OF GROUPS OF STUDENTS, THE REPRODUCTION OF INEQUALITY IN EDUCATION, SCHOOLS' ROLES IN THE TRANSMISSION OF CULTURE, AND THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF SCHOOLS.

SOCI 4301  Social Theory  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

COMBINES AN ANALYSIS OF THE MAJOR IDEAS AND THEORIES IN SOCIOLOGY AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO SOCIAL RESEARCH WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF SOCIAL PROCESSES AND STRUCTURES.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.

SOCI 4310  Sociology of Work and Occupations  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THE STUDY OF WORK AS A SOCIAL PHENOMENON, INCLUDING THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF WORK, OCCUPATIONS, AND PROFESSIONS IN SOCIETY. THE LABOR FORCE, WORK CULTURE, WORKERS MOBILITY, CAREER LINES, AND LEISURE IN CONTRAST TO WORK ARE CONSIDERED.

SOCI 4312  Social Class and Inequality  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THE STUDY OF SOCIAL INEQUALITY IN SOCIETY, WITH EMPHASIS ON THE SOCIAL CLASS STRUCTURE OF THE UNITED STATES, ITS ORIGINS, DEVELOPMENT, AND CONSEQUENCES FOR INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, AND SOCIETY.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1301 and 3312.

SOCI 4315  Complex Organizations  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A THEORETICAL AND APPLIED UNDERSTANDING OF THOSE SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS WHERE MOST OF US WILL BE EMPLOYED. TOPICS INCLUDE ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, DECISION MAKING, DESIGNS, POLITICS, CULTURES, AS WELL AS GENDER AND RACIAL INEQUALITY.

SOCI 4320  Sociology of Sports  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

THIS COURSE CRITICALLY EXAMINES THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ORGANIZED SPORTS AND THE REST OF SOCIETY. IT WILL UNDERTAKE A SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF HOW ORGANIZED SPORTS AFFECT, AND ARE AFFECTED BY, MAJOR SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS THE ECONOMY, RACIAL AND GENDER RELATIONS, MASS MEDIA, AND RELIGION, TO MENTION BUT A FEW.

SOCI 4325  Medical Sociology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

EXAMINATION OF THE SOCIAL CONTEXTS OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, ILLNESS AND MEDICAL CARE. TOPICS INCLUDE THE SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND OCCUPATIONAL FACTORS IN HEALTH AND DISEASE; SOCIALIZATION OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS; DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIPS; THE STRUCTURE AND PROCESSES OF HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATIONS; AND HEALTH CARE AND SOCIAL CHANGE.

SOCI 4331  Juvenile Delinquency  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

EXAMINATION OF THE EXTENT AND PATTERN OF JUVENILE CRIME TODAY. HISTORY AND THEORY OF DELINQUENCY AND SOCIETY'S RESPONSE TO IT. (CREDIT MAY NOT BE GIVEN FOR BOTH THIS COURSE AND CRIJ 4331.) CROSS LISTED WITH CRIJ 4331.

SOCI 4335  Criminology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

AN EXAMINATION OF THE MAJOR SOCIOLOGICAL EXPLANATIONS FOR CRIME, CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR, AND THE SOCIAL RESPONSES TO CRIME. (CREDIT MAY NOT BE GIVEN FOR BOTH THIS COURSE AND CRIJ 4335.) CROSS LISTED WITH CRIJ 4335.

SOCI 4385  Senior Seminar in Sociology  
3 Semester Credit Hours  

THIS IS A CAPSTONE COURSE REQUIRED OF ALL STUDENTS GRADUATING WITH A MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY. THE COURSE IS DESIGNED TO ENABLE FACULTY TO ASSESS EACH STUDENT'S EXPERTISE IN APPLYING SOCIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES. STUDENTS DEMONSTRATE THIS EXPERTISE THROUGH THE COMPLETION OF A FINAL PROJECT THAT COMBINES A MINIMUM OF CLASSROOM HOURS WITH SUBSTANTIAL RESEARCH ACTIVITY. THE COURSE IS TEAM TAUGHT BY THE ENTIRE SOCIOLOGY FACULTY. STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED CONSIDERABLE FLEXIBILITY IN SELECTING EITHER SURVEY RESEARCH OR EVALUATION RESEARCH FOR THEIR PROJECT.(OFFERED SPRING ONLY.)

SOCI 4390  Topics in Sociology  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

A CONSIDERATION OF VARIOUS TOPICS ON SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE. MAY BE REPEATED WHEN TOPICS VARY.

SOCI 4396  Directed Individual Study  
1-3 Semester Credit Hours  

SEE COLLEGE DESCRIPTION.

SOCI 4398  Applied Experience  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

SEE COLLEGE DESCRIPTION.

SOCI 4445  Social Research Methods  
4 Semester Credit Hours (4 Lecture Hours)  

A SURVEY OF THE BASIC RESEARCH TECHNIQUES AND METHODS USED IN SOCIOLOGY INCLUDING CONTENT ANALYSIS, FIELD RESEARCH, SAMPLING, SURVEYS, POLLS, AND COMPUTERIZED DATA ANALYSIS.

Prerequisite: SOCI 1301.