Bachelor of Science, Major in Sociology

The Bachelor of Science in Sociology requires a minimum of 120 hours of coursework, including the SHSU Core Requirements (42 hours), Degree Specific Requirements (12 hours – 8 hours of Natural Sciences, 3 hours of Math, and 1 hour of NGLI), Sociology Core, Applied Core, and Electives (36 hours), a minor (18 hours), and 12 additional hours of general and/or advanced electives. The coursework should be distributed as follows:

Bachelor of Science, Major in Sociology
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture)3
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)4
Degree Specific Requirements
Natural Sciences8
MATH3
NGLI 1101Research in the Digital Age 21
Major: Foundation
SOCI 1301Principles Of Sociology3
or SOCI 2319 Introduction To Ethnic Studies
SOCI 2399Writing in Sociology3
SOCI 3324Social Inequality3
SOCI 4340Rsch Methods In Sociology3
SOCI 4344Sociological Theory3
Major: Required 6
Social Statistics
Internship In Applied Sociolgy
Major: Prescribed Electives15
SOCI Electives
Select five from the following:
Intro to Community Leadership
Sociology of Popular Culture
Social Change And Development
Marriage And The Family
Sociology of Education
Race/Ethnic Inequality
Rural And Urban Sociology
Cultural Anthropology
Economy And Society
Social Movements
Sociology of Migration
Sociology Of Disaster
Environment And Society
Electives: Advanced
Advanced Electives12
Minor: Required 3
Minor 18
Total Hours120
1

MATH 1332 or MATH 1342 is recommended.

2

If a student takes NGLI 1101 to satisfy Component Area IX and Degree Specific Requirements, additional elective credit will be needed.

3

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 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 the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture), elective hours must be increased 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 23193POLS 230633
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area III4Minor43
MATH 3Minor43
Minor43Natural Sciences 4
SOCI 33243SOCI 23993
SOCI Electives3SOCI Electives3
 16 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IX1Component Area IX3
Minor43Advanced Electives3
Natural Sciences4Minor43
NGLI 110151SOCI 3345 or 43793
SOCI 43403SOCI Electives3
SOCI Electives3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Advanced Electives3Advanced Electives3
Advanced Electives3Advanced Electives3
Advanced Electives3SOCI 43443
Minor43SOCI Electives3
SOCI 3345 or 43793 
 15 12
Total Hours: 120
1

Satisfies requirement for Component Area I (Communication).

2

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

3

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

4

All minors can be paired with this degree program. 

5

If a student takes NGLI 1101 to satisfy Component Area IX and Degree Specific Requirements, additional elective credit will be needed.

Notes

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

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all 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 SOCI 1301 is used to satisfy Component Area VIII, elective hours must be increased to reach 120 hours.

If SOCI 2319 is used to satisfy Component Area IV, elective hours must be increased 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 BS 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.
  • Skills necessary to be productive members of diverse teams.
  • Use of conceptual frameworks to understand and assess equality, justice, and social responsibility within society’s cultural, political, and economic systems.
  • Problem-solving skills to improve social conditions in local communities and the broader society.