BA in Sociology

Degree Program Description

Sociology is a discipline founded about 100 years ago to bring the scientific method to the study of human societies. It has pioneered in the development of methods and techniques designed to provide accurate and verifiable information about contemporary societies. It is the inventor of survey research and a host of statistical measures. The techniques created by sociologists are now used in all disciplines concerned with human behavior.  A Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology consists of 33 credits organized to provide progressively more sophisticated levels of sociological analysis culminating in a capstone experience.  The degree offers five tracks of study for students who want a closer fit between the major and future employment:  Law, Justice and Society; Power, Inequalities and Social Change; Sexuality, Health and the Life Course; Culture, Identity and the Media; Organizations, Work, Technology and the Economy.  Sociologists today conduct research and reason from research findings to generate deeper understandings of how societies work. The generation of theoretical statements and the testing of those statements in a wide variety of social settings is the core of sociological work. We are knowledge builders, rather than change agents, although there is an emergent group of "applied sociologists" who use sociological knowledge to create changes in organizations, individuals, and communities. We contribute to human improvement by seeing that change can be based on good information and reasoned understanding of how humans work together in groups or larger aggregates.

Major Program Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology consists of 33 credits organized to provide progressively more sophisticated levels of sociological analysis culminating in a capstone experience or other advanced 4000 level course. It is expected that students start with entry courses, progress to basic courses and then to upper-level electives. In addition, students must complete all degree, College of Arts and Sciences and University graduation requirements, including University General Education.

Major core requirements
Entry courses
SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
SOCIOL 2200Social Inequalities3
Basic courses
SOCIOL 2950Social Research I3
SOCIOL 3100Recent Theories in Sociology (prerequisite: SOCIOL 2200)3
Post-basic courses
Three additional sociology courses numbered 3000 or above; may include no more than 3 credits in SOCIOL 4940 or SOCIOL 49609
Additional hours in sociology6
An additional 6 credits in elective coursework in the major
Capstone course
SOCIOL 4970Senior Seminar (or any 4000 level course with the exception of SOCIOL 4940 or SOCIOL 4960)3
Should be taken in the last semester of undergraduate work
Departmental honors
SOCIOL 4995Honors in Sociology (1st semester of senior year)3
SOCIOL 4995Honors in Sociology (2nd semester of senior year)3
Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 are eligible for departmental honors in sociology. Qualified students who seek this option must write an honors thesis under the supervision of a sociology faculty member. Students who take the honors thesis option are not required to take SOCIOL 4970. Students enroll in SOCIOL 4995 for 3 credits each semester of the senior year.
A course in statistics is required for the major.
Course Options:
Introductory Statistical Reasoning
Introductory Statistical Methods
Total Credits30

Optional Tracks

The course work in sociology fits into five recommended tracks of study. Although sociology majors are not required to select a track, students who want a closer fit between the major and future employment are encouraged to do so. Each track has recommended courses in the major, complementary internships, and service learning opportunities. (Note: Tracks are not listed on transcripts or diplomas.) These tracks are outlined below.

Track: Law, Justice and Society

SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
SOCIOL 1650Social Deviance3
SOCIOL 1010Social Problems3
SOCIOL 3600Criminology3
SOCIOL 4500Sociology of Social Policy3
SOCIOL 4610Society and Social Control3
SOCIOL 1010Social Problems3

Track: Power, Inequalities and Social Change

SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
SOCIOL 2210The Black Americans3
SOCIOL 3200Class, Status, and Power3
SOCIOL 3210Sociology of Globalization3
SOCIOL 3320Sociology of Gender3
SOCIOL 3520Collective Behavior3
SOCIOL 4220Race and Ethnic Relations3
SOCIOL 4230Women, Development, and Globalization3

Track: Sexuality, Health and the Life Course

SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
SOCIOL 1360The Female Experience: Body, Identity, Culture3
SOCIOL 1010Social Problems3
SOCIOL 3300Queer Theories/Identities3
SOCIOL 3320Sociology of Gender3
SOCIOL 3420The Family3
SOCIOL 3460Technology and Society3
SOCIOL 3440Sociology of Health3
SOCIOL 4210Aging and the Life Course3
WGST 4420Studies in Gender, Culture, and Politics3

Track: Culture, Identity and the Media

SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
SOCIOL 2300Self and Society3
SOCIOL 2310Culture and Mass Media3
SOCIOL 3300Queer Theories/Identities3
SOCIOL 3310Social Psychology3
SOCIOL 3400Politics of the Media3
SOCIOL 3430The Sociology of Sport3
SOCIOL 3450The Sociology of Religion3
SOCIOL 4320Culture, Identity and Interaction3

Track: Organizations, Work, Technology and the Economy

SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
SOCIOL 3200Class, Status, and Power3
SOCIOL 3210Sociology of Globalization3
SOCIOL 3460Technology and Society3
SOCIOL 3520Collective Behavior3
SOCIOL 3700Institutions and Society3
SOCIOL 3710The Sociology of Work3
SOCIOL 4230Women, Development, and Globalization3

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
SOCIOL 10003SOCIOL 22003
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
Humanities Elective3Humanities Elective3
Social Science Elective (Missouri State Law Requirement)3Social Science Elective3
Science Elective3Science Elective with Lab4
 15 16
Second Year
SOCIOL 16503SOCIOL 29503
Foreign Language level 13SOCIOL 36003
Humanities Elective5Foreign Language level 25
Social Science Elective (upper level)3Humanities Elective (upper level)3
Statistics 1200 (also Math/Proficiency Elective)3Behavioral Science Elective3
 17 17
Third Year
SOCIOL 32003SOCIOL 31003
Foreign Language level 33Elective - upper level3
Behavioral Science Elective (upper level)3Elective - upper level3
Writing Intensive Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
SOCIOL 33303SOCIOL 49703
Elective - upper level3SOCIOL 42203
Elective - upper level3Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits: 125

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