Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Sociology (SOC) with a concentration in Inequality and Social Justice (ISJ)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 45.1101 (Track 2 of 2)

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

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.

Concentration Description

The Department of Sociology offers an optional area of concentration in "Inequality and Social Justice" for sociology majors. Course included in this area of concentration focus on the political, social, and academic intersections among inequalities and the strategies we can implement to address them in a just manner. This area of concentration will be listed on your official transcript and can be useful as you market your skills to potential employers after graduation. 

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

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

Major Core

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):

  • SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology
    • (May be replaced with an upper level sociology elective if a total of 12 or more hours of sociology coursework is completed before declaring a Sociology major)
  • SYA 3110 Classical Theory
  • SYA 3300 Research Methods (Prerequisite: STA 2122 Social Science Statistics or its equivalent)
  • SYA 4935 Senior Seminar

Major Elective Courses - 24 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.

Concentration Core Courses - 3 Hours

  • SYO 4536 Inequalities and Social Justice

Concentration Elective Courses - 9 Hours

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