Sociology & Social Services, BS

The Sociology and Social Services program focuses on the study of our behavior as social beings and includes a basic core of courses essential for a wide variety of careers specific to and outside of sociology. In addition to providing students with a strong foundation in sociological thought, this curriculum prepares students with the innovation, critical thinking abilities, global understandings, and writing skills that employers in all fields consistently seek.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Apply the basic theories and concepts of sociology
  2. Apply the accepted practices of sociological research
  3. Examine the impact of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation within social institutions
  4. Apply the critical thinking skills needed to pursue post baccalaureate degrees or careers in sociology‐‐‐related fields
  5. Connect their sociological training with larger ideas of social justice and foster a respect for community service and engagement

Program Requirements

No grades of D in upper division courses are allowed. Upper division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction.

All core curriculum recommendations are shown under the Core IMPACTS section of the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements.
Field of Study - Sociology & Social Services18
SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology *3
SOCI 1160Intro to Social Problems3
SOSC 2500Intro to Research Methods3
9-12 hours of 1000/2000 level AFAM, CPTG 2201, CRJU, CSCI, ECON, FREN, HIST, MATH 1401, PARA, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, SOSC, SPAN, WST 9-12
Upper Division Required15
SOCI 3010Understanding Society3
SOSC 3010 Intro to Human Services3
SOCI 3320Social Inequality3
SOSC 3610Social Welfare Policy and Programs3
SOSC 4490Social Sciences Internship3
Upper Division Major Electives15
15 hours from upper division (3000-4000 level) SOCI, SOSC, or HMSV prefix electives (not used to meet another major requirement)
Upper Division Electives 18
18 hours 3000/4000 level electives
Free Electives12
12 hours from any 1000-4000 level course
Total Credit Hours120

If not taken in Area E

Please Note: This is a suggested course sequence and assumes a starting freshman with no prior college credit who intends to complete their degree in four years. Students should consult with their academic advisor and review the course prerequisites and minimum grade requirements as seen in the Academic Catalog. 

First-time traditional students enrolling in 9 or more semester hours are required to enroll in CSU 1000 First Year Seminar

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1101 English Composition I Core Area A1 3
MATH 1101 Intro to Mathematical Modeling Core Area A2 3
CRIT 1101 Critical Thinking Core Area B1 3
POLS 1101 American Government Core Area E1 3
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
CSU 1000 First Year Seminar 0-1
 Credit Hours15-16
Second Semester
ENGL 1102 English Composition II Core Area A1 3
Communication or Foreign Language Core Area B2 2-3
Science Course with Lab Core Area D1 4
SOCI 2293 Modern Families 3
SOCI 1160 Intro to Social Problems 3
 Credit Hours15-16
Second Year
First Semester
SOCI 2501 3
Literature, Philosophy, or Foreign Language Core Area C1 3
Science Course without Lab Core Area D1 3
HIST 1111
Survey-PreModern World History
or Survey of Modern World History
or Critical Trends and Issues
or Intro to Global Issues
Behavioral Sciences Core Area E4 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Fine Arts or Intermediate Foreign Language Core Area C2 3
MATH 1401 Elementary Statistics Core Area D2 3
HIST 2111
Survey of US History to 1877
or US HIST Since Reconstruction
SOCI 3010 Understanding Society 3
Sociology Lower Division Core 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
Sociology Lower Division Core 3
SOCI 3510 Social Statistics 3
Upper Division Sociology Electives 6
Upper Division Major Related Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Upper Division Major Related Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
Upper Division Sociology Electives 6
Upper Division Major Related Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Upper Division Major Related Electives 9
SOSC 4490 Social Sciences Internship 3
Free Elective (1000-4000 Level Course) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120-122