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 Objectives

Students who complete the undergraduate program in sociology will develop the ability to:

  1. Think critically; write in a clear, organized and grammatical way; and make effective oral presentations.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the core ideas of sociology, such as social structure, institution, culture, ideology, identity, stratification, social change, status, norm and socialization.
  3. Evaluate forms of evidence used in social analysis; use both quantitative and qualitative methods; and demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues that arise in the course of research.
  4. Prepare for professional life after graduation from TU.

Degree Options

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