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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Sociology

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First- and Second-Year Preparation


  • MATH 101 Algebra (or equivalent ACT/SAT score, equivalent course, or higher) (3)
  • SOC 104/SOC 105 Elements of Sociology or equivalent course at another university, college, or community college (3)
  • SOC elective: another 3-credit-hour course in sociology (3)

Admission to the Major

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Take the prerequisite courses above with a minimum grade-point average of 2.5.

Grade-Point Average Requirements

Grade-Point Average Calculation. The admission grade-point average calculation includes MATH 101, SOC 104/SOC 105, and a minimum of one 3-hour sociology elective. Grades earned in any additional sociology course work are also included in the admission grade-point average calculation. KU’s course repeat policy applies to grade-point average calculations.

Application Term

Application to the major should occur in the term in which designated admission course requirements will be completed. If a student does not meet established admission grade-point average criteria or neglects to apply for admission in this term, he or she must petition the department for permission for late application. The department, as part of an approved petition, determines late admission requirements (including grade-point average and curriculum) and the final admission deadline.

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

Core Requirements 12 hours

Complete each of the following in order:

  • SOC 104 Elements of Sociology (or equivalent)
  • SOC 310 Introduction to Social Research
  • SOC 510 Elementary Statistics and Data Analysis
  • SOC 500 Sociology Theory
Junior/Senior Electives 15 hours
Other Sociology Electives 6 hours

Minimum Major Requirements

33 hours

Residence Requirements. At least 12 credit hours at the 300-level or above including SOC 310, SOC 510, and SOC 500 must be taken at KU. No more than 6 credit hours of sociology courses taken through correspondence or continuing education programs may be applied to the major.

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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