Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019


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

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 45.1101

College of Arts & Sciences


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 XXXX or SYG XXXX or SYO XXXX or SYP XXXX (6 credit hours)

Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 3 Hours

The following courses are prerequisite and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

  • STA 2122 Social Science Statistics or its equivalent

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core - 12 Hours

The minimum of 36 credit hours in Sociology must include the following four core courses (12 credit 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 (PR: STA 2122 Social Science Statistics or its equivalent)
  • SYA 4935 Senior Seminar

Concentration Core Courses - 3 Hours

  • SYO 4536 Inequalities and Social Justice

Concentration Elective Courses - 21 Hours

Select nine (9) credit hours of coursework from the following list:

  • 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

The remaining 12 hours of Sociology coursework may be comprised of any upper-level courses offered by the Sociology department.

  More About this Major

  Research Opportunities

There are research opportunities associated with this major.

Show Me More

  Additional Information

There is more information available for this major such as faculty, advising, and/or accreditation information.

Show Me More