Sociology (Bachelor of Science)

The requirements for a major in Sociology are a minimum of 120 semester hours, meeting all university and program general education requirements, 30 semester hours of sociology coursework, and either a second major or minor.  Of the 30 hours required for the Sociology major, 15 hours are dictated by the program, while the additional 15 hours are sociology electives. 

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
SY 221Introduction to Sociology3
or SY 222 Honors Introduction to Sociology
SY 301Sociological Methods (WI)3
SY 427Classical Social Theory3
or SY 428 Contemporary Social Theory
SY 499Senior Sociology Seminar (WI)3
Select one course from the following:3
Social Stratification
Ethnic and Minority Group Relations
Theories of Gender
Select fifteen hours from only Sociology courses at the 300 level or higher 15
Total Hours30

Sociology majors must earn a minimum of “C” or better in each of the major and minor courses.

SY 221 Introduction to Sociology (3) or SY 222 Honors Introduction to Sociology (3) is a prerequisite for most sociology courses. SY 427 Classical Social Theory (3), SY 428 Contemporary Social Theory (3), and SY 499 Senior Sociology Seminar (WI) (3) have additional prerequisites. SY 301 Sociological Methods (WI) (3)and MS 204 Basic Statistics (3) should be taken prior to sociology 300+ electives. Students are urged to consult with their academic advisor who will be helpful in choosing electives. Students should balance breadth and depth as best suits their own needs and future plans.

In addition to courses noted below, candidates for graduation must successfully complete all JSU Academic Regulations. More information about general education requirements can be found in the Summary of Degrees/Requirements section of the catalog.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHours
EH Composition sequence 3
Fine Arts 3
Natural Science sequence 4
History Sequence 3
SY 221
Introduction to Sociology
or Honors Introduction to Sociology
3
SSC 101 First Year Experience 0
 Hours16
Spring
EH Composition sequence 3
EH 141 Speech 3
Natural Science sequence 4
History Sequence 3
Social/Behavioral Science 3
 Hours16
Sophomore
Fall
Literature 3
MS 110 Finite Mathematics (or higher) 3
SY 223 Social Problems 3
Minor/Electives 5
 Hours14
Spring
Literature 3
MS 204 Basic Statistics 3
CS 201 Introduction to Information Technology 3
Minor/Electives 5
 Hours14
Junior
Fall
SY 301 Sociological Methods (WI) 3
Select one of the following: 3
Social Stratification  
Ethnic and Minority Group Relations  
Theories of Gender  
Sociology Electives 300+ 3
Minor/Electives 300+ 3
Minor/Electives 300+ 3
 Hours15
Spring
Sociology Electives 300+ 6
Minor/Electives 300+ 6
Minor/Electives 3
 Hours15
Senior
Fall
SY 427
Classical Social Theory
or Contemporary Social Theory
3
Sociology Electives 300+ 3
Minor/Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring
SY 499 Senior Sociology Seminar (WI) 3
Sociology Electives 300+ 3
Minor/Electives 9
 Hours15
 Total Hours120