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Sociology Major, B.A. Degree

Sociology:  Major, B.A. Degree - Four-year Plan of Study

   
Hours
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
 
30

 SOC 1800 General Sociology   (3)
*SOC 2805 Introduction to Social Research   (3)
  EITHER SOC 2845 Social Inequality   (3) OR
                  SOC 2850 Institutions and Social Action   (3)
  SOC 4860 Sociological Thought   (3)
  SOC 4890 Social Survey Research   (3)
  10SOC 4895 Senior Seminar in Public Sociology   (3)
  Electives in Sociology **   (12)

**Sociology electives are organized into three areas based on the central learning outcomes. Students are not required to declare a particular area, but this helps create focus for elective choices.

                  Area 1 - Culture

SOC 3810 Culture and Society   (3)

SOC 3820 Popular Culture   (3)

SOC 3845 Social Deviance   (3)

SOC 3870 Personality and Society   (3)

SOC 3895 Outsiders and Outcasts   (3)

SOC 4885 Religion and Society   (3)

                  Area 2 - Inequality & Social Change

SOC 3825 Race and Ethnic Relations   (3)

SOC 3830 Collective Behavior   (3)

SOC 3885 Globalization and the Future   (3)

SOC 4855 Family Diversity   (3)

SOC 4894 Sociology of Aging   (3)

                  Area 3 - Social Institutions

SOC 2825 Family and the Life Course   (3)

SOC 3815 Urban Sociology   (3)

SOC 3840 Sociology of Sport   (3)

SOC 3890 Criminology   (3)

SOC 4850 Work and the Modern Society   (3)

SOC 4875 Medical Sociology   (3)

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

All students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education. See pages 49-52 for full listing of requirements. Hours listed in [] are counted in the major or other hours and not in the general education hours. The following general education classes are required by this major:

(GE) SOC 1800 General Sociology   [3]

(GE) Modern Language    [3]

36
MODERN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS    
 
6-9
FREE ELECTIVES 
 
45-48

MINIMUM TOTAL

10Competency 10 course

*NOTE: Students pursuing a double major or minor who have already completed an upper-level (3000/4000) research course may substitute that course for SOC 2805 with permission of the program coordinator.

 

 
120

 

Sociology Major, B.S. Degree

Sociology:  Major, B.S. Degree - Four-year Plan of Study

   
Hours
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
 
36

(GE)SOC 1800 General Sociology    (3)
*SOC 2805 Introduction to Social Research   (3)
EITHER SOC 2845 Social Inequality   (3) OR
                SOC 2850 Institutions and Social Action   (3)
SOC 4860 Sociological Thought   (3)
SOC 4890 Social Survey Research   (3)
10SOC 4895 Senior Seminar in Public Sociology   (3)
Elective in Sociology**   (18)

**Sociology electives are organized into three areas based on the central learning outcomes. Students are not required to declare a particular area, but this helps create focus for elective choices.

                  Area 1 - Culture

SOC 3810 Culture and Society   (3)

SOC 3820 Popular Culture   (3)

SOC 3845 Social Deviance   (3)

SOC 3870 Personality and Society   (3)

SOC 3895 Outsiders and Outcasts   (3)

SOC 4885 Religion and Society   (3)

                  Area 2 - Inequality & Social Change

SOC 3825 Race and Ethnic Relations   (3)

SOC 3830 Collective Behavior   (3)

SOC 3885 Globalization and the Future   (3)

SOC 4855 Family Diversity   (3)

SOC 4894 Sociology of Aging   (3)

                  Area 3 - Social Institutions

SOC 2825 Family and the Life Course   (3)

SOC 3815 Urban Sociology   (3)

SOC 3840 Sociology of Sport   (3)

SOC 3890 Criminology   (3)

SOC 4850 Work and the Modern Society   (3)

SOC 4875 Medical Sociology   (3)

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

All students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education. See pages 49-52 for full listing of requirements. Hours listed in [] are counted in the major or other hours and not in the general education hours. The following general education classes are required by this major:

GESOC 1800 General Sociology   [3]

39
FREE ELECTIVES 
 
45

MINIMUM TOTAL

10Competency 10 course

*NOTE: Students pursuing a double major or minor who have already completed an upper-level (3000/4000) research course may substitute that course for SOC 2805 with permission of the program coordinator.

 
120

For more information, please see the current catalog for a complete statement of academic policies, leveling, and prerequisites or contact Dr. Mary Kelly, program coordinator, at kelly@ucmo.edu.

Student Learning Outcomes – The Sociology graduate will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Develop an awareness of personal assumptions, as well as basic American assumptions in analyzing positions on social issues.
  • Discern the basic components of culture including group diversity, socialization, identity, and cultural symbols.
  • Delineate the basic process and consequences of stratification across social categories including ethnicity, race, social class, gender, and societies.
  • Recognize how social institutions operate organizationally within society and how they vary over time and space.
  • Create reasonable linkages between empirical evidence and theory utilizing both inductive and deductive forms of logic.
  • Develop effective ways of communicating in professional contexts.
  • Understand basic research procedures in accord with the scholarly practices of the discipline of Sociology including the utilization of research journals and their documentation, construction of a research document to report findings, and the proper citation of sources.
  • Critically evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of competing theoretical views and everyday frameworks of understanding, recognizing the complexity and uncertainty that are always present.