Department of Sociology

Sociology Major (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in Sociology are: (a) an understanding of and competence in the major theories, statistical techniques, and methodological approaches of sociology; (b) development of theoretical, substantive, and methodological knowledge to conduct research projects or participate in applied research projects; (c) participation in an internship or discipline related experiences; (d) preparation for employment in a sociology-related field or advanced study in sociology or other graduate field.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

C. The Major (30 hours)

Completion of 30 semester hours in sociology, SOCI 1010, 3311, 3322, 4210 or 4211, 4999 (or SOCI 4998 for Honors students), and 15 additional upper-division hours in SOCI.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

E. Honors Program

The Honors Program in Sociology requires 18 hours of honors work, at least 12 hours of which must be upper-division sociology courses. To complete the Honors Program, a student must have a minimum overall final grade point average of 3.00 in Sociology, and a 3.25 grade point average in honors course work.

Those students who complete the program and the regular college requirements will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degree conferred “With Honors in Sociology.” Moreover, the student’s diploma and the record at the University of Memphis will reflect this distinction. Please see the department's Faculty Honors Advisor for more details on the program.

Sociology Minor

SOCI 1010 and 15 upper-division hours in SOCI.

Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program in Sociology

This program allows outstanding undergraduates to begin the coursework for the Master of Arts in Sociology during their senior year. Students are encouraged to begin planning to enter the Accelerated B.A./M.A. program early in their undergraduate career, in consultation with their advisor in the Department of Sociology.

Working with the undergraduate and graduate academic coordinators, undergraduates selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study which will allow them to complete their B.A. degree while they also begin the coursework toward their M.A.

To apply, students must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, and must submit two reference letters and a copy of their transcript to the Sociology department. Each applicant will complete an interview with the graduate academic coordinator in sociology.

Students must also apply to the Graduate School for the accelerated B.A./M.A. program, which allows them to take graduate courses in sociology. To continue in the program past the B.A., students must apply for full admission into the Graduate School and into the Sociology department's M.A. program.

Only in ABM programs, up to 9 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. However, any graduate coursework will not apply to undergraduate GPA.

Typical 4-Year Sociology Sequence

Freshman Year

SOCI 1010 3 Humanities* 3
ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH* 3-4 Elective 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
Elective 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   15 hrs

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 UD SOCI 3
History* 3 Fine Arts* 3
Elective 3 History* 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
Elective 3 Elective 3
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

SOCI 3311 3 SOCI 4210 or 4211 3
Elective 3 UD SOCI 3
UD elective 3 UD elective 3
COMM 2381 3 Elective 3
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

SOCI 3322 3 SOCI 4999 3
UD Elective 3 UD elective 3
UD SOCI 3 Elective 3
UD elective 3 Elective 4
Elective 3    
Semester Totals 15 hrs   13 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement