The Sociology major is designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts education and a greater understanding and insight into the social systems and processes that bear upon everyday lives. Opportunities for students with Bachelor's degrees in Sociology are quite varied. Some go on to work for human service agencies; others work in personnel, criminal justice, and urban planning; others enter graduate programs in sociology, education, law, medicine, or social work. Toward these ends, all students are encouraged to become skilled in the use of computers and libraries.
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer without an A.A. degree and have fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
SYA XXXX or SYD XXX or SYG XXX, SYO XXX or SYP XXX (6 credit hours)
A grade of "C-" is the minimum acceptable grade.
Total Major Hours: 36 Hours
The major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours of Sociology coursework plus STA 2122 Social Science Statistics or its equivalent.
Areas of Concentration
Sociology majors may choose to complete an optional area of concentration in either "Inequality and Social Justice" or "Identity and Community" by completing one required course and three elective courses (all with a grade of C- or better) listed within the area selected. In some cases, it may be possible to complete both areas of concentration, however, students may count a particular course as an elective for only one area of concentration.
Major Core Courses - 12 Hours
The minimum of 36 credit hours in Sociology must include the following four core courses (12 hours):
The remaining 24 hours of Sociology coursework may be comprised of any upper-level courses offered by the Sociology department. In addition, SYG 2010 Contemporary Social Problems may count toward these 24 hours of electives. No more than three hours each of SYA 4910 Individual Research and SYA 4949, Sociological Internship, may count toward the 24 hours of electives.
Students are encouraged to make an appointment to talk with the Sociology Department Undergraduate Advisor when they have questions about major requirements or about which electives offered each semester would best meet their educational and career goals.
Chairperson: L. Aranda; Associate Chairperson: L. Graham; Professors: R. Benford, D. Jacobson, D. Loseke, M. Mayberry, J. Skvoretz; Associate Professors: E. Aranda, J. Cavendish, S. Crawley, J. Friedman, L. Graham, C. Greek, S. Green, M. Kleiman, M. Kusenbach, M. Miller, C. Ponticelli, W. Tyson, E. Vaquera; Assistant Professors: S. Bingham, E. Hordge-Freeman; Post-Doctoral Visiting Professors: S. Adar, M. Gurbuz; Instructors: C. Partin, E. Toothman; Emeriti: E. Nesman, D. Stamps, R. Wheeler.
More About this Major
This major has an optional component designed for the academically superior student who embraces challenge and wishes to go the extra mile.