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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Sociology

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Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Sociology Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Elements of Sociology. Satisfied by SOC 104 or SOC 105.
  • Introduction to Social Research. Satisfied by SOC 310.
  • Elementary Statistics & Data Analysis. Satisfied by SOC 510.
  • Sociology Theory. Satisfied by SOC 500.

Sociology Required Electives

Majors must complete an additional 21 hours of sociology courses beyond the core courses above. At least 15 hours of these must be at the junior/senior (300+) level. Up to 3 hours may be chosen from SOC 490, 598, or 698, and up to 6 hours from SOC 499, to be applied to this requirement.

  • Upper-level sociology electives. Satisfied by 15 sociology hours at the Junior/Senior (300+) level
  • Additional sociology electives. Satisfied by 6 additional sociology hours at the upper or lower level.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 33 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. At least 12 credit hours at the 300+ level, including SOC 310, SOC 510, and SOC 500, must be taken at KU.

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 24 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for sociology.

Double Majors

Sociology majors may want to consider a second major in philosophy; history; women’s studies; area studies; or one of the natural or social sciences; or a second degree in journalism or other professional disciplines.

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