Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology requires a minimum of 120 hours of coursework, including the SHSU Core Requirements (42 hours), Degree Specific Requirements (15 hours – 14 hours of Foreign Language and 1 hour of NGLI 1101), Sociology Core, Applied Core, and Electives (36 hours), a minor (18 hours), and 9 additional hours of general electives. The coursework should be distributed as follows:

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Sociology
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics)3
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) 13
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences)3
Component Area IX (Component Area Option) 24
Degree Specific Requirements
Foreign Language 1,314
NGLI 1101Research in the Digital Age 21
Major: Foundation
SOCI 1301Principles Of Sociology 43
or SOCI 2319 Introduction To Ethnic Studies
SOCI 2399Writing in Sociology3
SOCI 3324Social Inequality3
SOCI 4340Rsch Methods In Sociology3
SOCI 4344Sociological Theory3
Major: Required
SOCI 3345Social Statistics3
SOCI 4379Internship In Applied Sociolgy3
Major: Prescribed Electives15
SOCI Electives
Select five of the following:
Intro to Community Leadership
Sociology of Popular Culture
Gender And Inequality
Social Change And Development
Marriage And The Family
Sociology of Education
Age And Inequality
Race/Ethnic Inequality
Sociology Of Health & Illness
Rural And Urban Sociology
Cultural Anthropology
Economy And Society
Social Movements
Sociology of Migration
Sociology Of Disaster
Environment And Society
Electives: Advanced 9
Advanced Electives
Minor: Required 5
Minor18
Total Hours120
1

If the 2000 level foreign language courses are used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture), additional hours will be needed to satisfy the minimum total semester credit hours of 120. 

2

If NGLI 1101 is used to satisfy one hour of the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IX (Component Area IX), additional hour will be needed to satisfy the minimum total semester credit hours of 120. 

3

Four courses required in one World Language. The 2000 Foreign Language courses satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) as well 3 hours of Component Area IX (Component Area Option). 

4

If SOCI 1301 is used to partially satisfy Component Area VIII, elective hours must be increased to reach 120 hours. If SOCI 2319 is used to partially satisfy Component Area IV, elective hours must be increased to reach 120 hours. 

5

All minors can be paired with this degree program. 

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, MATH 1332 or MATH 1314, and one lab science course must be completed before enrolling in any advanced course.

If the student uses the Foreign Language requirement to satisfy both the Core and Degree Specific requirements, additional electives will be need to reach 120 hours. 

A minimum of 42 advanced hours is required.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area II3Component Area III4
ENGL 130113Component Area V3
HIST 130123ENGL 130213
POLS 230533HIST 130223
SOCI 1301 or 231943POLS 230633
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area III4Foreign Language 74
Component Area IX3Minor53
Minor 53Minor53
SOCI 33243SOCI 23993
SOCI Electives 63SOCI Electives 63
 16 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IX1Advanced Electives 3
Foreign Language74Foreign Language73
NGLI 110181Minor53
Minor53SOCI 33453
SOCI 43403SOCI Electives63
SOCI Electives 63 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Advanced Electives 6Advanced Electives6
Foreign Language 73SOCI 43443
Minor53SOCI Electives 63
SOCI 43793 
 15 12
Total Hours: 120
1

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communications).

2

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VI (U.S. History).

3

Satisfies Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VII (Political Science/Government).

4

If SOCI 1301 is used to partially satisfy Component Area VIII, elective hours must be increased to reach 120 hours. If SOCI 2319 is used to partially satisfy Component Area IV, elective hours must be increased to reach 120 hours. 

5

All minors can be paired with this degree program. 

6

See, SOCI Electives course list below. 

7

Four courses required in one World Language. The 2000 Foreign Language courses satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) as well 3 hours of Component Area IX (Component Area Option). 

8

If NGLI 1101 is used to satisfy one hour of the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IX (Component Area IX), additional hour will be needed to satisfy the minimum total semester credit hours of 120. 

SOCI Electives 615
Select five from the following:
Intro to Community Leadership
Gender And Inequality
Sociology of Popular Culture
Social Change And Development
Marriage And The Family
Sociology of Education
Age And Inequality
Race/Ethnic Inequality
Sociology Of Health & Illness
Rural And Urban Sociology
Cultural Anthropology
Economy And Society
Social Movements
Sociology of Migration
Sociology Of Disaster
Environment And Society

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

ENGL 1301ENGL 1302MATH 1332 or MATH 1314, and one lab science course must be completed before enrolling in any advanced course.

If the student uses the Foreign Language requirement to satisfy both the Core and Degree Specific requirements, additional electives will be need to reach 120 hours. 

A minimum of 42 advanced hours is required.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BA in Sociology is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Knowledge and experience at problem solving, data analysis, and critical thinking.
  • Interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • The skills necessary to be productive members of diverse teams.
  • The use of conceptual frameworks to understand and assess equality, justice, and social responsibility within society’s cultural, political, and economic systems.
  • The skills to solve problems and improve social conditions in local communities and the broader society.