Sociology- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Sociology and Gerontology, 375 Upham Hall, 513-529-2628.

This major is for liberal arts students interested in the study of society, structures, social processes, and human interaction. These range from two-person interactions to relations between large social institutions to relations between nations.

Required sociology courses and related hours (excluding fieldwork) may not be taken credit/no-credit; however, hours in excess of the required minimum may be taken credit/no-credit. A GPA of at least 2.00 is required for this major, and only three hours of independent study may be included. Not all courses are offered each semester or every year; consult with your sociology advisor before registering each semester. A sociology capstone class is required for the major. If you complete more than one sociology capstone class, the hours from the additional course(s) will count as elective hours. Note: A capstone class will count as a capstone ONLY if you have senior standing.

NOTE:  A student may not declare a double major in SOC and SJS if he/she is taking Track 1 or Track 2 of the SJS major.

NOTE: A student majoring in SOC and minoring in Criminology must fulfill the requirements for the major AND the minor for a total of 50 SOC credits.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: SOC 262, SOC 482, and SOC 459 or SOC 470.

Program Requirements: Basic Major

(39 semester hours)

Note: All 300 and 400 level sociology courses require SOC 151 or SOC 153 as a prerequisite. Prerequisites may be waived with permission of instructor. Credit toward the sociology major cannot be granted for both SOC 151 and SOC 153.

Required courses
SOC 151Social Relations4
or SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context
SOC 262Research Methods3
SOC 372Social Stratification3
SOC 482Sociological Theory4
Sociology Capstone course
Select at least one of the following:3
Sociology Capstone
Applied Sociological Research
Social/Political Activism
Related hours
STA 261Statistics 14
Select at least eighteen hours of the following: 218
Introduction to Social Justice Studies
Social Problems
Social Deviance
Sociology of Gender
The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia
Work and Occupational Justice
Self and Society
Internship: An Introduction to Applied Sociology and Human Services
Penny Lecture Series
Introduction to Disability Studies
African Americans in Sport
Life After Graduation: Careers in Sociology/Social Justice
Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
Social Forces and Aging
Social Justice and Change
Race and Ethnic Relations
Medical Sociology
The Sociology of Mental Disorders
Sociology of Families
(Dis)Ability Allies: To be or not to be? Developing Identity and Pride from Practice
Media Illusions: Creations of "The Disabled" Identity
Systems of Justice
Topics in Criminology
Sociology of Law
Juvenile Delinquency
Economy and Society
Death Studies
Field Experience-Research
Field Experience in Sociology
Family Violence
Formal Organization
Applied Sociological Research
Gender and Aging
Social/Political Activism
Independent Reading for Departmental Honors
Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights
Current Issues in Sociology 3
Total Credit Hours39

 We recommend taking STA 261 after SOC 262.


 At least 9 elective hours must be at or above the 300 level.


 Maximum 6 hours.