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Sociology, B.A.

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Sociology is the scientific study of society which includes studying individuals in their primary and secondary groups and larger social institutions. It examines the social context of individual and collective lives. Sociology is a relatively young discipline that describes, explains, and predicts social interactions and institutions using theoretical as well as social scientific methods of inquiry. According to the American Sociological Association, the essential concepts that students will learn within sociology are social construction of everyday life and sociological imagination; social structure; socialization; social stratification, and social change. Students will also gain competencies in critical and theoretical thinking and application of social scientific methodology towards rigorous data analysis.

Total Program Credits: 120

General Education Requirements: 36 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Academic Writing  3
or ENGH 1005 Literacies and Composition Across Contexts (5)  
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing/Academic Writing and Research
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3)
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5)
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (3)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or EXSC 1097 Fitness for Life (2)  
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Third Science Distribution 3
  Humanities Distribution (Fulfilled with Foreign Language 202G/2020 course)* 4
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 37 Credits
  SOC 3030 Social Research Methods WE
  PSY 3110 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology 
   SOC 1020 Modern Social Problems
  SOC 4000 Classical Social Theory
  SOC 4100 Contemporary Social Theory WE
Complete any 6 of the SOC classes 18
  SOC 1200 Sociology of the Family (3)  
  SOC 2370 Sociology of Gender (3)  
  SOC 3400 Sociology of Religion (3)  
  SOC 320G Race and Minority Relations (3)  
  SOC 3460 Political Sociology (3)  
  SOC 3520 Environmental Sociology (3)  
  SOC 3690 Internet and Society (3)  
  SOC 375G Sociology of Aging (3)  
  SOC 3800 Animals and Society (3)  
  SOC 4020 Survey Research Design (3)  
  SOC 4400 Social Change (3)  
  SOC 475R Current Topics in Sociology (1)  
  SOC 490R Independent Studies (1)  
Elective Requirements:     47 Credits
15 credits any course number 3000 or higher 15
20 credits any course numbered 1000 or higher 20
Complete 12 credits of one Foreign Language, including ASL (Foreign Language 202G/2020* course fulfills Humanities Distribution)* 12

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 credits, 40 of which must be 3000 level or higher.
  2. Minimum overall UVU GPA of 2.0 upon graduation.
  3. Minimum 2.5 program GPA upon graduation.
  4. Residency hours--minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  5. All major course work taken to meet Behavioral Science requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  6. For the BA degree, completion of 16 credit hours of course work from one language to include the 1010, 1020, 2010, 202G/2020 levels or transferred equivalents.
  7. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Note: Please see department advisor for explanation of all program requirements, a list of recommended classes, and for assistance with creating an academic plan for graduation.

Note: If a student has completed an associate degree through another institution, the required general education courses may be waived.

Note: Students would need to pass ENGL 1010 and ENGL 2010 with a C+ or higher as prerequisites for the Behavioral Science Bachelor degree courses.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 or ENGH 1005 Introduction to Academic Writing or Literacies and Composition Across Contexts 3
MAT 1030 or MAT 1035 or STAT 1040* or STAT 1045 or MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 or MATH 1090 Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra or College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries or College Algebra for Business 3
SOC 1010
Intro to Sociology 3
HIST 1700 or HIST 1740 or POLS 1000 or POLS 1100 or HIST 2700 and HIST 2710 American Civilization or US Economic History or American Heritage or American National Government or US History to 1877 and US History since 1877 3
Language 1 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Academic Writing and Research 3
SOC 1020 Modern Social Problems 3
Biological Science 3
Social and Behavioral Science 3
Language 2 4
  Semester total: 16
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
Physical Science  3
HLTH 1100 or EXSC 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
Language 3 4
Soc Elective 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
Third Science   3
Fine Arts 3
Language 4 4
SOC Elective 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
PSY 3110 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
SOC 4000  Classical Social Theory 3
SOC Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 1
  Semester total: 14
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
SOC 3030 Social Research Methods WE 3
SOC 4100 Contemporary Social Theory WE 3
SOC Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
SOC Elective 3
SOC Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective  3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective  1
  Semester total: 13
  Degree total: 120


Behavioral Science

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