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, social institutions, and human interaction. These range from two-person interactions to relations between large social institutions to relations between nations. Students select a general sociology concentration or a criminology concentration. The general sociology concentration offers coursework focusing on a variety of social processes and institutions, and the criminology concentration 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 majoring in one concentration may not minor in the other concentration. Students may not double major in the sociology and criminology concentration

Program Requirements

(39-40 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.

Sociology Major

(39 semester hours)

Core Curriculum
SOC 151Social Relations 13
or SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context
STA 261Statistics4
SOC 482Sociological Theory4
SOC 262Research Methods3
Sociology Capstone course -select one of the following:3
Sociology Capstone
Applied Sociological Research
Select one of the following concentrations:22-23
Sociology Concentration (22-23 hours)
Required Course
SOC 372Social Stratification
Related Hours (minimum of 20 additional SOC hours, with at least 9 hours at or above the 300 level
Criminology Concentration (22-23 hours)
Required Courses
Introduction to Criminal Behavior
Systems of Justice
Criminology Electives (6-7 Credits)
Social Problems (Required Courses)
Social Deviance
Social Justice and Change
Topics in Criminology
Sociology of Law
Juvenile Delinquency
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) if content is relevant (must be pre-approved by the CDA).
Engaged Learning Requirement (3 credits)
Internship in Criminology 2
Diversity Requirement (6 credits)
Intercultural Relations
Identity, Race, Gender, Class
Sociology of Gender
Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
Introduction to Disability Studies
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 Hours39-40

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 262SOC 482, and SOC 459 or SOC 470