The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in sociology.

Faculty: Professor Carroll, chairperson. Professors Cunnigen and Mederer; Associate Professors Costello, Doerner and Van Wyk; Assistant Professor Brasher, Keller, and Zozula; Lecturers Bibeau and Pisa; Professor Emeriti Peters and Reilly.


Students selecting this curriculum must complete a minimum of 30 credits (maximum 45) in sociology, including SOC 100, 395, 440, 460, and 495 [capstone]. SOC 460 may be substituted with another approved statistics course (STA 220, STA 308, STA 409, PSY 200 [Psychology double majors only], or PSC 310 [Political Science double majors only]). The remaining 15 credits (5 courses) of elective SOC courses need to include a minimum of 6 credits (2 courses) of upper division (300+) courses. One of these elective courses must be a designated inequality course in the sociology department (SOC 240, 242, 336, 410, 413, 428, 452). An upper-level inequality course in the sociology department can also count towards the upper-level course requirement. Note that if a non-sociology course is used to fulfill the quantitative methods requirement, students will need an additional sociology elective to reach 30 credits. No more than six credits in independent study (SOC 498, 499) and/or field experience courses (SOC 497) may be used toward the 30 credits required for the major. SOC 495 (capstone) is to be taken during the senior year. Of the minimum 30 credits needed in the major, a minimum of 18 credits need to be at the 300 level or above.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these credits must be in courses at the 300-level of above. In order to transfer into the sociology B.A. program from University College for Academic Success, a student must have completed at least 24 credits and have earned a minimum of a 2.00 GPA.


Students in this curriculum complete a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice. SOC 476 is the capstone course for the Criminology and Criminal Justice option.

Criminology and Criminal Justice Option. A minimum of 30 credits in sociology is required including SOC 100, 230, 274, 370, 440, and 476 (18); two courses selected from SOC 240, 242, 336, 403, 410, 413, 428, and 452 (6); and two courses selected from SOC 300, 330, 331, 332, 403, 410, 420, 450, 497, 498, and 499 (6). SOC 300, 497, 498, and 499 may be used only when the subject matter is central to criminology and/or criminal justice; students should consult with the program coordinator before enrolling in one to ensure the course can be used for the major. No more than three credits in independent study and/or field experience may be used toward the 30 credits required for the major. In addition to the required courses, students selecting this option are strongly encouraged to take PSC 388 and PSC 472.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation.