Dec 15, 2019  
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Sociology - BS

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology

Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

  •   will fulfill the Quantitative Literacy (QL) requirement
  •   will fulfill the Social Sciences requirement

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  •  , plus another course having CI designation, (such as  ), will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement for students in the Sociology major.  , along with either   or  , will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement for students in the Sociology Teaching emphasis
  •   will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Life and Physical Sciences (DSC)


Departmental Graduation Requirements

Minimum GPA for Admission: 2.5, Overall; 2.5, USU
Additional Matriculation Requirement: Complete SOC 1010  with grade of C or better
Minimum GPA for Graduation: 2.5, major; 2.0, USU; 2.0, Overall
Minimum Grade Accepted: C in SOC 1010 ; C- in major courses

Sociology majors must meet the following course requirements:

1. Complete the general requirements of the University.

Majors are expected to take STAT 1040  (QL) Introduction to Statistics to fulfill the quantitative literacy requirement for University Studies.

2. Complete a minimum of 36 credits of sociology coursework.

At least fifty percent of the sociology coursework must be completed in the USU Sociology program. Sociology majors must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in sociology courses and earn a grade of C or better in SOC 1010  (BSS) Introductory Sociology (effective Fall Semester 2005) and a C- or better in all other courses to be counted toward the major. Sociology courses over 10 years old, do not count toward the major requirement.

3. A minor outside the program is encouraged but not required.

4. Complete the following required courses (18 credits):

5. Choose a minimum of 18 credits from the following sociology elective courses:

Of the 18 elective credits, at least 3 credits must come from each of the three specialty areas listed below.

Sociology Teaching Emphasis

The Secondary Teaching emphasis can be achieved by completing the Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP), as well as a regular sociology major in the Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology Department. A 2.5 GPA is required in Sociology courses, and a 2.75 total GPA is required for graduation with a Teaching License in Sociology. At least 50 percent of sociology coursework must be completed at USU. No  more than 3 semester credits of SOC 4900 can be used toward the Sociology Teaching emphasis.


Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student's major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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