The Sociology undergraduate degree requirements for our Bachelors of Arts degree program support our student learning outcomes below:

1. Explain the sociological perspective, broadly defined, use sociological theory to explain social problems and issues, make theoretically informed recommendations to address current social problems, and demonstrate the utility of the sociological perspective for their lives.

2. Demonstrate the ability to interpret, locate, evaluate, generate and use sociologically relevant data to test hypotheses and draw evidence-based conclusions.

3. Integrate sociological theory, research, and data in order to assess various explanations of social phenomena and to assess social policy.

4. Demonstrate the ability to work in diverse groups to explain systemic, cultural, and behavioral practices that increase or decrease diversity, equity and inclusion in society. Demonstrate the ability to analyze social integration and assess social policies that mitigate exclusionary practices.

Please contact the Sociology Undergraduate Office at 301-405-6389 to schedule your academic planning workshop meeting, and you may also call us to let us know if you have any questions about the Sociology undergraduate program requirements. 

The Sociology Bachelors of Arts degree requirements consist of 35 credits of Sociology coursework. This coursework includes:

Sociology Major Requirements

Foundation Courses

(7 ) total Foundation courses are required

(1) course in either Statistics: MATH107/STAT100 or Calculus: MATH120/MATH140 (3 credits)

(1) SOCY100 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

(1) SOCY201 Introduction to Sociological Statistics (4 credits) *

(1) SOCY202 Introduction to Sociological Research Methods (4 credits) *

(1) SOCY203 Sociological Theory (3 credits)

(1) SOCY230 Introduction to Social Psychology (3 credits) (Micro) 

(1) course in either: SOCY200 Human Societies (3 credits) -or- SOCY241 Inequality in American Society (3 credits) -or- SOCY441 Stratification and Inequality (3 credits) (Macro) 

Substantive Courses (4 courses required) 

(4) Total Substantive course are required and (2) of the Substantive courses must be 400-level SOCY Research courses

(1) 300-400 level SOCY course 

(1) 400-level SOCY course 

(1) 400-level SOCY Research course*

(1) 400-level SOCY Research course*

Approved SOCY Research courses: 

SOCY 401,402,404,410,411,412,413,418,420,428,431,435,438,447,448,451,456,460,461,462,463,465,467,470,480,490,491,498C,498E,498G,498I,498K,498M,498Y


(11) courses and (35) credits are required to complete the Sociology undergraduate major.

All students must earn at least 120 total credits in order to graduate.



These clusters are optional groupings of our upper level courses designed to enhance an in-depth examination of these topic areas.  These areas are related to employment outcomes relevant to Sociology majors.

The four areas are:

1. Social Psychology

2. Diversity and Inequality

3. Politics and Social Change

4. Population and Health


See here for details: Course Cluster Packet 

SOCY courses not listed can be reviewed for approval upon request. Courses in bold are offered regularly.

*Approved 400-level research courses


Social Psychology logoSocial Psychology

Substantive Courses:

(1)__, (2)__, (3)*__, (4)__*

SOCY377 Intersectionality of Health and Illness

SOCY430 Social Structure and Identity

SOCY448 Sociology of Group Processes*

SOCY490 Experimental Research Practicum*

SOCY491 Experimental Research Design*

SOCY498C Sociology of Culture*

SOCY498O Sociology of Mental Health

SOCY498W Sociology of Emotions

Careers in Social Psychology: Counselor/Psychologist, Advisor, Community Organizer


Diversity and Inequality loloDiversity & Inequality

Substantive Courses:

(1)___, (2)___,(3)___*,(4)___*

SOCY325 Sociology of Gender

SOCY405 Scarcity and Modern Society

SOCY406 Explaining Social Change: Historical and Comparative Methods

SOCY415 Environmental Sociology

SOCY424 Sociology of Race Relations

SOCY428 Research in Inequality*

SOCY432 Social Movements

SOCY442 The Black Middle Class

SOCY457 Sociology of Law

SOCY467 Sociology of Education*

SOCY498C Sociology of Culture*

SOCY498Y Explaining Social Change: Fact and

Fiction in Understanding Why Our World Looks the Way it Does*

Careers in Diversity & Inequality: Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager or Program Specialist, Human Resources Coordinator, Social Science Researcher, Lawyer


Politics and Social change logoPolitics & Social Change

Substantive Courses:

(1)___, (2)___,(3)___*,(4)___*

SOCY391 Surveillance and the Erosion of Privacy

SOCY405 Scarcity and Modern Society

SOCY406 Globalization

SOCY407 Explaining Social Change: Historical and

Comparative Methods

SOCY415 Environmental Sociology

SOCY432 Social Movements

SOCY443 The Family and Society

SOCY465 Sociology of War

SOCY480 Researching the Middle East*

SOCY481 Ideology and Social Conditions in the Making of Terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa

SOCY498C Sociology of Culture*

SOCY498Y Explaining Social Change: Fact and Fiction in Understanding Why Our World Looks the Way It Does*

Careers in Politics & Social Change: Data Analyst, Non-Profit Manager, Campaign Manager, Government Agency Employee, Lawyer


Population Health LogoPopulation & Health

Substantive Courses:

(1)___, (2)___,(3)___*,(4)___*

SOCY335 Sociology of Health & Illness

SOCY377 Intersectionality of Health and Illness

SOCY410 Social Demography

SOCY411 Demographic Techniques*

SOCY412 Family Demography*

SOCY413 Sociology of Aging*

SOCY418 Research in Family & Demography*

SOCY443 The Family and Society

SOCY444 Sociology of Children

SOCY445 Sex & Love in Modern Society

SOCY470 Sex, Family Planning, & Inequality*

SOCY498O Sociology of Mental Health

Careers in Population & Health: Research Analyst, Public Health Statistician, Patient Advocate, Family Planning Educator/Counselor, Community Health Worker

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