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B.A. in Sociology

What courses do I need for a Sociology Major?

Sociology Majors at Kent State University must complete a total of 34 hours of course work in Sociology – 13 hours of required courses and 21 hours of elective courses – in addition to university requirements as specified in the Kent State University Undergraduate Catalog.

Required Sociology Courses

Credit Hours

SOC 12050- Introduction to Sociology
3   
SOC 32210- Researching Society
3   
SOC 32220- Data Analysis
3   
SOC 32221- Data Analysis Laboratory
1   
SOC 42126- Sociological Theories
3   

Subtotal

13

Elective Sociology Courses

Credit Hours

15+ Must be Upper-Division Sociology Courses
15   
6 May be Lower-Division Sociology Courses
6   

Subtotal

21

Total

34

Upper Division Elective Courses in Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers many courses related to topics in social inequality, social psychology, health and health care, and the life course. We also offer courses on classical sociological topics such as deviance, religion, and families. Below is a list of our current offerings. Some courses are offered every semester, others are offered once a year. 

Sociology majors at Kent State University may take any upper-division elective course once they have completed Introduction to Sociology and have junior standing. Majors are encouraged to follow their interests when selecting elective courses from the following topic areas:

Social Inequality

Course Number

Gays/Lesbians    32565   
Minorities in America
32569   
Inequality in Societies
32570   
Race and Ethnic Studies
42568   
Wealth, Poverty, and Power
42558   
Changing Gender Roles
42315   

Social Psychology

Course Number

Individual and Society
32400   
Self and Identity
42400   
Social Structure and Individual Lives
43200   

Health and Health Policy

Course Number

Sociology of Mental Illness
42095   
Health and Health Care
42563   

Life Course

Course Number

Death and Dying
42010   
Childhood in Society
42421   
Adolescence in Society
42478   
Aging in Society
42879   

Other Courses

Course Number

Sociology of Families
32560   
Urban Processes and Lifestyles
32673   
Deviant Behavior
32762   
Religion    42561   
Bureaucratic Organizations
42564   
Family Violence
42577   

Sociology majors are encouraged to meet with the Undergraduate Coordinator to develop a course plan which combines course diversity and substantive depth in ways that reflect the student’s career objectives.

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