B.A. in Sociology
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4-Year Degree Plan (Sample)

About the B.A. in Sociology

The sociology major is intended to introduce students to the intellectual and methodological perspectives and practices in the discipline. The program is designed to prepare students for immediate entry into the workplace or to pursue further study in a master’s or Ph.D. program.

Note | All majors are strongly encouraged to fulfill the core requirements prior to pursuing other upper-level courses in the department.

Academic Advising

College policy on advising requires that students meet with their academic advisors at least once each year, and in some departments, prior to each semester’s to enrollment. Advising holds are placed on all CLAS students prior to advance registration and are released following advising appointments. Students with a declared major are advised in their academic units. To determine who your advisor is and how to contact them, see Onestart.

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

Students receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • The IU South Bend campuswide general-education curriculum (33-39 cr.)
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor of Arts additional requirements (14-23 cr.) 
  • Major concentration and elective requirements.
  • The Required Minor (15-18 cr.) taken in any campus school or interdisciplinary program.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.

In addition, major and minor requirements must be completed with a grade of C– or higher.

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Major Requirements (33 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

  • SOC-S 161 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC-S 348 Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • SOC-S 349 Topics in Contemporary Social Theory
  • SOC-S 351 Social Statistics
  • SOC-S 353 Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOC-S 354 Quantitative Research Methods
  • Five additional courses in sociology, including two 400-level seminars and not more than one at the 100-level. The internship course, SOC-S 494 Field Experience in Sociology, may be counted as one of the 400-level seminars.

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