Sociology- Bachelor of Arts

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

This major is for students interested in the study of society, crime and law, and human interaction. These range from two-person interactions to relations between large social institutions to relations between nations. Students select a general sociology track or a criminology track. The general sociology track offers coursework focusing on a variety of social processes and institutions, and the criminology track focuses on the social-scientific study of crime, and systems of legal and criminal justice. 

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.

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

(40 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.

Criminology Track

Core Required courses 19
Social Relations 1
Sociology in a Global Context
Introduction to Social Justice Studies
Introduction to Social Justice Studies
Statistics
Research Methods
Methods of Social Justice Inquiry
Criminology
Criminal Behavior
Systems of Justice
Sociology Capstone course
Select one of the following:3
Family Violence
Sociology Capstone
Social/Political Activism
Social/Political Activism
Criminal Behavior
Criminology Course Requirements9
Social Problems
Social Deviance
Social Justice and Change
Topics in Criminology
Sociology of Law
Juvenile Delinquency
Sociological Theory
Students may complete an independent study (SJS/SOC 177, 277, 377, 477) if content is relevant (must be pre-approved by the CDA).
Students may complete a special topics course (SOC 490/SOC 590) if content is relevant (must be pre-approved by the CDA).
Engaged Learning Requirement3
Field Experience in Sociology 2
Diversity Requirement6
Intercultural Relations
Identity, Race, Gender, Class
Sociology of Gender
Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
Introduction to Disability Studies
Sexualities
Social Forces and Aging
Race and Ethnic Relations
Family Poverty
Social Stratification
(Dis)Ability Allies: To be or not to be? Developing Identity and Pride from Practice
Introduction to Women's Studies
Credit requirements can be met by taking additional SJS or SOC courses or by completing any of the related courses (list available from the CDA).
Total Credit Hours40
1

Only one of these courses may count toward major credit requirements.

2

Maximum of 4 credits from SOC 440C count toward the major.

 Sociology Track

Core Required Courses17
Social Relations 1
Sociology in a Global Context
Research Methods
Statistics
Social Stratification
Sociological Theory
Capstone Course3
Sociology Capstone
Applied Sociological Research
Social/Political Activism
Additional Sociology Hours20
Minimum of 20 additional hours of SOC courses, with at least 9 hours at or above the 300-level.
Total Credit Hours40
1

 Only one of these courses may count toward major credit requirement.