Sociology Undergraduate Programs - Kendall College of Arts and Sciences

Sociology Undergraduate Programs

The sociology major may be combined with minors or second majors in just about any discipline. Some sociology majors are also part of the Honors Program. Sociology majors often choose to study abroad, where they may take up to 6 credit hours toward their sociology degree. Opportunities for internships are available for upper-level majors in a variety of community organizations.

The sociology major offers both structure and flexibility. Students must take 15 credit hours of core subjects that emphasize methods, theory, and issues in the discipline. In addition, each student maps out a program of study that will satisfy the department’s requirements and provide the foundation for the student’s career aspirations.

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    1. Think critically; write in a clear, organized and grammatical way; make effective oral presentations.
      1. Synthesize and present sociological material in a coherent fashion.
      2. Employ evidence in presenting or making arguments.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the core ideas of Sociology.
      1. Competently use basic ideas such as social structure, institution, culture, ideology, identity, stratification, social change, status, norm and socialization.
      2. Demonstrate familiarity with key facts and generalizations about social institutions such as family, education, health care, economy, and political system.
    3. Be familiar with different forms of evidence used in social analysis; understand both quantitative and qualitative analysis; demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues that arise in the course of research.
      1. Identify multiple forms of evidence available for social analysis.
      2. Interpret two-variable and three-variable tables.
      3. Understand correlation, causation, and their difference.
      4. Collect and analyze qualitative data.
      5. Understand professional codes of ethics, including confidentiality, informed consent, and minimization of risk to research participants.
    4. Develop an understanding of how to prepare for professional life after graduation from TU.
      1. Research occupations and/or graduate school degrees and programs.
      2. Learn to use resources provided by Career Services
      3. Explain one’s potential value to employers..
  • Degree Options


    Majors can designed a specific program of study to prepare for a career in social service, government, research, consulting, teaching or business, or graduate school.


    Majors gain the ability to analyze society as a core component of anyone’s education and personal development.


    For those interested in learning more about sociology are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

  • Typical Four Year Schedule

    Because students’ individual needs vary, the following represents only one possible way of completing the sociology major in four years. For example, we work closely with students who study abroad to make sure they can fulfill the requirements for the major in a timely fashion.

     Exposition & Argumentation First Seminar
     Mathematics course Introduction to Sociology
     Beginning Language I Beginning Language II
     Block I**—Aesthetic/Creative Block II—Historical/Social
     Freshman Experience Block III—Science
     Intermediate Language I Intermediate Language II
     Social Statistics Sociology elective
     General elective Block II—Historical/Social
     Block II—Historical/Social Block III—Science (with Lab)
     Block I—Aesthetic/Creative Block II—Historical/Social
     Sociological Theory Quantitative Social Research
     Qualitative Social Research Sociology elective
     Sociology elective Minor elective
     Sociology elective General  elective
     Minor elective Internship
     Sociology elective Sociology elective
     Sociology elective Sociology elective
     Senior Project Minor elective
     Minor elective General elective
    General elective General elective
    * Actual programs vary depending upon college entrance exam scores in English, mathematics, and language.   They also differ depending upon whether students engage in Internships or Study Abroad programs.
    ** The term “Block” denotes “general education” (or “distribution”) requirements.    

  • Entry Requirements

    A student wishing to declare sociology as a major must:

    1. Consult with the sociology department; and
    2. Do EITHER  a. or b.
      1. Earn a grade of C or better in Soc 1033 (or a B in the equivalent course at another university); and earn grades no lower than C in Engl 1033 and Math 1083 at TU, with at least one of these grades being a B or better (or earn B’s in writing and math courses at another university; or earn credit for these or higher courses through AP/IB credits).
      2. Or obtain permission from the sociology department