The B.S. in Sociology degree program requires students to complete 60 credits in the liberal arts, rather than the 90-credit requirement of the College's B.A. in Sociology offering. In practical terms, this means that students with many credits from technical schools, teacher education programs or business schools often opt for the B.S. in Sociology.
In addition to satisfying all College requirements for graduation, students wishing to receive a Bachelor's degree in Sociology must complete 10 courses. Up to three of these (Intro Sociology and two electives) may be satisfied with transfer credit if the courses have been passed with a grade of C or better. The course requirements fall into four categories:
The Sociology Major has five components.
- Basic courses provide students who have no training in sociology with a general introduction to the discipline.
- Foundation courses provide necessary grounding in sociological theory, analysis and methods.
- Cross-cultural component courses which will enhance sociological analysis in a global perspective.
- Elective courses chosen by majors allow students to delve more deeply in specific areas. (These courses are open to non-majors as well.)
- The senior seminar capping course requires all majors to conduct an original primary research project and complete a senior thesis