Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


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 an 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 a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • SYA XXXX or SYD XXX or SYG XXX or SYO XXX or SYP XXX (6 credit hours)

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

  • SYA 4121 Queer Theory
  • SYD 3700 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SYD 4238 Immigrants to America
  • SYD 4512 Sustainable Consumption
  • SYD 4800 Gender and Society
  • SYG 3011 Social Problems Through Film
  • SYG 3235 Latina/Latino Lives
  • SYO 3120 Sociology of Families
  • SYO 3530 Social Inequalities in a Global Society
  • SYO 4204 Religion and Immigration
  • SYO 4250 Sociology of Education
  • SYO 4400 Medical Sociology
  • SYO 4430 Disability and Society
  • SYO 4572 Hidden Structures of Social Life
  • SYP 3004 Constructing Social Problems
  • SYP 3060 Sociology of Sexualities
  • SYP 3562 Family Violence
  • SYP 4420 Consumer Culture
  • SYP 4510 Sociological Aspects of Deviance
  • SYP 4513 Elite Deviance
  • SYP 4651 Gender, Sport and the Body
  • SYA 4304 Sociological Research Experience - with approval
  • SYA 4910 Individual Research - with approval
  • SYA 4949 Sociological Internship - with approval
  • SYA 4930 Topics in Sociology - approved topics
    • Religion and Immigration
    • LGBT Youth in Education
    • Sociology of the Body
    • Children of Immigration
    • Environment and Society
    • Political Sociology
    • Gender and Social Movements
    • Afro-Brazilian Culture and Society - summer study abroad course
    • Stratification and Mobility
    • Social Media and Globalization
    • Social Movements

Major Internship Opportunities

The Sociology Internship (SYA 4949) is offered if the student is concurrently enrolled in "Disability and Society" (SYO 4430), "Sustainable Consumption" (SYD 4512), and a few other specific courses, and only with permission of the instructor of that course. If you are interested in an internship connected to a specific course, please contact the undergraduate program director (mayberry@usf.edu) for further guidance and information. This course is taught as an S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grade and only for 1-3 credit hours. Further information about Service Internship opportunities can be found on the sociology department's webpage: http//sociology.usf.edu/ug/internships.

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