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 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 Age1
Major Core
SOCI 1301Principles Of Sociology3
SOCI 2399Writing in Sociology3
SOCI 3345Social Statistics3
SOCI 4340Rsch Methods In Sociology3
SOCI 4344Sociological Theory3
SOCI 4399Senior Seminar In Sociology3
Major Electives
6 hours in each of three areas of specialization. 218
Minor (Required)18
General/Advanced Electives12
Total Hours120
Change, Economy, and Society Specialization Courses 2
Select two of the following:
SOCI 3305Intro to Community Leadership3
SOCI 3336Social Change And Development3
SOCI 3376Rural And Urban Sociology3
SOCI 3384Economy And Society3
SOCI 3392Social Movements3
SOCI 4330Sociology of Migration3
SOCI 4332Soc Of Demography & Migration3
SOCI 4334Sociology Of Disaster3
SOCI 4337Environment And Society3
Culture and Social Institutions Specialization Courses 2
Select two of the following:
SOCI 1306Social Problems3
SOCI 2366Sociology Of Sport3
SOCI 3327Sociology of Popular Culture3
SOCI 3335Sociology of Food and Society3
SOCI 3338Soclztn,Soc Cntr,Devnt So Bhvr3
SOCI 3341Marriage And The Family3
SOCI 3342Sociology Of Religion3
SOCI 3344Sociology of Education3
SOCI 3365Sociology Of Health & Illness3
SOCI 3381Cultural Anthropology3
SOCI 4327Sociology of Everyday Life3
SOCI 4338Social Gerontology 23
Inequality and Society Specialization Courses 2
Select two of the following:
SOCI 2319Introduction To Ethnic Studies3
SOCI 3324Social Inequality3
SOCI 3325Gender And Inequality3
SOCI 3354Age And Inequality3
SOCI 3355Race/Ethnic Inequality3
SOCI 4336Social Organization3

Notes

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 or SOCI1306 are used to partially satisfy Component Area V, 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.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology students must maintain a 2.5 GPA overall in their Sociology courses.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area II3Component Area III4
ENGL 130113Component Area V3
HIST 130123ENGL 130213
POLS 230533HIST 130223
SOCI 13013POLS 230633
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area III4Inequality and Society specialization63
Change, Economy, and Society specialization43Minor3
Culture and Social Institutions specialization53Minor3
MATH courses3Natural Science 4
Minor3SOCI 23993
 16 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IX1Component Area IX3
Culture and Social Institutions specialization53Advanced Elective3
Minor3Inequality and Society specialization63
Natural Science4Minor3
NGLI 11011SOCI 33453
SOCI 43403 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Advanced Elective3Advanced Elective3
Advanced Elective3Advanced Elective 3
Advanced Elective3Change, Economy, and Society specialization43
Minor3SOCI 43993
SOCI 43443 
 15 12
Total Hours: 120
Change, Economy, and Society Specialization Courses 4
Select two of the following:
SOCI 3305Intro to Community Leadership3
SOCI 3336Social Change And Development3
SOCI 3376Rural And Urban Sociology3
SOCI 3384Economy And Society3
SOCI 3392Social Movements3
SOCI 4330Sociology of Migration3
SOCI 4332Soc Of Demography & Migration3
SOCI 4334Sociology Of Disaster3
SOCI 4337Environment And Society3
Culture and Social Institutions Specialization Courses 5
Select two of the following:
SOCI 1306Social Problems3
SOCI 2366Sociology Of Sport3
SOCI 3327Sociology of Popular Culture3
SOCI 3335Sociology of Food and Society3
SOCI 3338Soclztn,Soc Cntr,Devnt So Bhvr3
SOCI 3341Marriage And The Family3
SOCI 3342Sociology Of Religion3
SOCI 3344Sociology of Education3
SOCI 3365Sociology Of Health & Illness3
SOCI 3381Cultural Anthropology3
SOCI 4327Sociology of Everyday Life3
SOCI 4338Social Gerontology3
Inequality and Society Specialization Courses 6
Select two of the following:
SOCI 2319Introduction To Ethnic Studies3
SOCI 3324Social Inequality3
SOCI 3325Gender And Inequality3
SOCI 3354Age And Inequality3
SOCI 3355Race/Ethnic Inequality3
SOCI 4336Social Organization3

Notes

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 or SOCI 1306 are used to partially satisfy Component Area V, 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.

A minimum of 42 advanced hours is required.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology students must maintain a 2.5 GPA overall in their Sociology courses.

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.