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MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY

Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. A major in Sociology complements many career paths by developing students' understanding of the nature of society and social relationships as these affect them in their personal and professional lives. The general objectives of this major are to provide students with: 1) An understanding of the causes and consequences of social inequality, including those or race, gender, sexuality, and social class, 2) An understanding of the forces of social change and social stability, and 3) An array of job skills applicable to a wide variety of labor force positions.
Following is a suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their advisor each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment; responsible for reviewing the Program of Study Requirements; and must meet foreign language and writing intensive course requirements for graduation. See Academic Regulations-Undergraduate.

*See Appendix A Core Curriculum and Optional Course Information.
** See Appendix C for approved list of minors and requirements. Instead of a minor, students may complete 18 SCH of electives, 12 SCH of which must be at the 3000-4000 level, from any discipline, except the major field, within the College of Arts and Sciences, the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business of the College of Education.

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
CourseHours
PSCI 2305 - American National Govt 3
CAO III - Communication* 3
For Lang/Study Abroad2 3
Language, Philosophy&Culture* 3
Life & Physical Science* 3
Life & Physical Science Lab* 1
Total 16
Spring Semester
CourseHours
PSCI 2306 - American State Govt 3
For Lang/Study Abroad2 3
General Elective 2
Minor/General Elective** 3
Life & Physical Science* 3
Life & Physical Science Lab 1
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester
CourseHours
SOCI 3304 - Sociological Theory 3
SOCI - Restricted SOCI Elective3 3
SOCI - Restricted SOCI Elective3 3
SOCI - Restricted SOCI Elective3 3
Minor/General Elective** 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
CourseHours
SOCI 3305 - Research Methods4 3
SOCI - Restricted SOCI Elective3 3
Adv General Elective 3
Adv General Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective** 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester
CourseHours
SOCI - Inequality/Race Rels5 3
SOCI - Restricted SOCI Elective3 3
Advanced General Elec 3
Advanced General Elec 3
Adv Minor/General Elective** 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
CourseHours
SOCI 4380 - Senior Pro Seminar 3
Adv Minor/General Elective** 3
Adv Minor/General Elective** 3
Advanced General Elec 3
   
Total 12

TOTAL SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS: 120

1Math elective, select 3 SCH from any math course above the level of College Algebra.
2Foreign Language/Study Abroad, select 6 SCH in course work (not credit by exam) above the university’s foreign language graduation requirement. Thus students who meet the university’s foreign language graduation requirement by earning 6 hours of credit by exam, may take 6 SCH in the same language but at the intermediate level or above, or they may take 6 SCH of another foreign language at the introductory level. This requirement may also be met by earning 6 SCH in any subject while participating in a TAMIU-approved Study Abroad program while living for at least 5 weeks in a non-English speaking country.
3Restricted Sociology electives, select 15 SCH from SOCI 3302, 3304, 3305, 3307, 3308, 3310, 3316, 3336, 4311, 4318, 4320, 4325, 4370, 4375, 4390, or 4616.
4Research Methods, select 3 SCH from SOCI 3305, CRIJ 3305 or PSCI 3301.
5Inequalty or Race Relations, select 3 SCH from SOCI 4310 or SOCI 4317.

Note: See information on the combined BA/MA in Sociology .

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.
Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.

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