Mar 31, 2023
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OSRHE Program Code: 081
CIP Code: 451101
Major code: 9825
Sociology is the academic discipline focusing on the systematic study of people in interaction with one another and in organized relationships. The emphasis is on understanding how people relate to one another and why they act the way they do. The program’s goal is to help students reach an understanding of sociology and to connect this understanding with the actual social world.
Sociology courses are frequently cross-listed with those in social work or anthropology with the same number or title; credit may not be earned in cross-listed courses with the same number or title. Students should consult their advisor to avoid duplicating course work. At least 19 hours of upper level (3000 / 4000) courses are required for a sociology major. At least half the major (19 hours) must be earned at NSU.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Define, give examples, and demonstrate the relevance of the basic concepts in sociology.
- Understand the role of theory in sociology and be able to compare, contrast, and apply basic theoretical orientations in a topic area.
- Develop familiarity with sociological research methods involving gathering data, designing a research study, and critically assessing published research.
- Understand the interdependence between the major societal institutions and be able to illustrate how changes in one impacts the other institutions as well as impacting individuals within the society.
- Develop a cross-cultural perspective that promotes an understanding of other societies and of the various racial and ethnic subcultures within our own society.
- Apply sociological concepts and principles to their own lives, groups, organizations, and society.
- Prepare for a variety of professions which utilize the skills and knowledge learned in sociology.
- Prepared for graduate education in social gerontology.
- Ascertain the the requisite knowledge and skills required for graduate study in sociology.
General Education Requirements
A minimum of 46 hours of academic work in general education is required during the freshman and sophomore years. For students transferring with the Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from a public institution in Oklahoma, all general education requirements will be satisfied with respect to degree requirements. However, some majors may require other specific general education courses as program prerequisites or program requirements. Students should consult advisors and the program’s plan of study for further information. Students are required to complete general education requirements by the time they have completed 90 semester hours of college work. See General Education Requirements for more information.
Sociology General Education Requirements
The following are course prerequisites that may be completed as part of the General Education requirements.
Required Courses - 19 hours
Electives - 18 hours
- Advanced Sociology courses and/or SOC 2023
Minor - 18 hours
A minor is required for the Sociology major.
Additional Degree Information - College of Liberal Arts
In addition to general education and program requirements stated above, additional hours may be needed to satisfy all minimum degree requirements listed below.
- English Proficiency: Components I and II of English proficiency should be met with grades of “C” or better prior to the completion of 60 credit hours.
- A minimum of 124 hours is required. PE activity is limited to four hours. Prior learning credit (CLEP, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc) is limited to 30 hours.
- A minimum of 30 hours in residence (from NSU) is required for graduation. PE activity is limited to four hours. Hours in residence exclude zero-level courses and prior learning credit such as CLEP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc.
- A minimum of 40 hours of 3000/4000 level courses is required for graduation.
- A minimum of 60 hours from a 4-year school is required for graduation excluding zero level and PE activity courses.
- At least fifty percent of the major requirements must be upper division courses (3000 and 4000 level).
- At least 18 hours or fifty percent of the major, whichever is greater, must be satisfactorily completed at NSU.
- The minimum number of credit hours required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences varies based on the type of degree. B.A., B.A.Ed., B.F.A. and B.M.E. degrees require at least 80 hours. B.S. and B.S.Ed. degrees require at least 55 hours. B.G.S. and B.S.W. degrees require at least 40 hours. Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) courses are identified in catalog course descriptions.
For more information, see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .
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