Bachelor of Arts in Sociology


Chairperson: Aloha Van Camp, Ph.D.
Office: Briggs 318, McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-2010

Sociology Major (Bachelor of Arts) 

The Sociology Department is structured to accomplish three major objectives: academic excellence, the development of critical and analytical skills, and a humanitarian consciousness. These objectives serve to provide a foundation for students' future pursuits in graduate studies and career paths in corporations, social service agencies, educational institutions, government agencies, human services, health care, criminal justice, and self-employment. In addition, the objectives serve to enhance self esteem, quality of life, and interpersonal relationships of individual students. To achieve these objectives, the department will provide five fields in which students gain a concentration of knowledge:

Educational Program:

  • 1. Social Theory and Deviance
  • 2. Social Behavior and Conflict Management
  • 3. Male/Female Relationships and Marriage and Family
  • 4. Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity
  • 5. Applied Social Research

As part of their major in Sociology, Students will be allowed to take 12 hours from other departments whose courses fit their concentration areas. Thus, both a general and specific body of knowledge in sociology will be gained. The course content of all courses will reflect the University's mission statement and the core objectives.

Sociology majors are prepared to do graduate study in sociology and related disciplines such as social work, criminal justice, law, and urban planning. The methods, computer, and statistical skills learned in the major have wide application to other disciplines. The course array is especially attuned to an understanding of variables in social, political, and economic contexts.

Many students opt to pursue sociology as part of a double major in order to increase their marketability in the workplace. Because of its focus on every aspect of life, Sociology has become an attractive second major for students. Traditional, full-time students pursuing this option can graduate in four years. In addition, advising is available to accommodate the special needs and interests of students who double-major.

Sociology classes are well represented in the core curriculum. The following courses can be taken to satisfy University core requirements: Introduction to Sociology, Social Interaction, Cultural Anthropology, Blacks in Social Relations and Social Institutions, Urban Issues, Race and Ethnic Relations, and Contemporary Social Problems.


Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (39 credit hours)

Sociology Core (27 credit hours)

SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
SOC 2100 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
SOC 2120/
AAS 2000
Black America Social Relations and Social
Institutions/Critical Perspectives in
African-American Studies
3 credits
SOC 2500 Sociology of Family and Marriage 3 credits
SOC 3350

Urban Issues and Problems

3 credits
SOC 3880

On Being a Man or Woman in America

3 credits
SOC 4520 Contemporary Social Problems 3 credits
SOC 4090 Theories in Sociology 3 credits
SOC 4700/
SWK 3700

Research Methods/Social Research Methods

3 credits
Required Supportive Courses (12 credit hours)
STA 2250 or
HUS 4960
Statistics or Fundamentals of Statistics
3 credits
SWK 3100 Social Welfare Policy 3 credits
HUS 4410 Multicultural Understanding
3 credits
PYC 2600 Social Psychology 3 credits