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B.A. / M.A. Suggested Course Sequence

Credits required for bachelor's degree: 40 courses (120 credits)

For the bachelor's degree, courses in sociology comprose 36 credit hours and a comprehensive exam or thesis:

a) Six required courses:
SOC 101
SOC 102
SOC 202/501
SOC 301/503
SOC 352/512
SOC 452

b) Six electives courses
Up to four courses can be taken at the 500 level and counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees

c) Students are required to take a comprehensive exam or write a thesis paper in their senior year.


Credits required for the master's degree: 30 credit hours

a) Four required courses:
SOC 501
SOC 503
SOC 512
SOC 604

b) Six elective courses

c) Thesis or two research papers by the fifth year. 


Suggested Graduate Course Sequence

Junior Year
SOC 501 - Research Design and Methods
SOC 512 - Theories of Comparative Societies
Other 500 level electives

Senior Year
SOC 503- Social Statistics- Fall
SOC 452 - Senior Coordinating Seminar - Spring
Other 500 level electives
Senior Thesis Option

Fifth Year
SOC 604 - Intermediate Social Statistics or equivalent
Remaining 500 or above level electives
Complete Graduate Thesis, Seminar Papers and Comprehensive Exam 

For more information see the graduate schools' guidelines in the Advising Handbook - The School of Arts and Sciences