School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
Sociology offers a scientific approach to examining social groups, human interactions and social change. Sociologists are interested in a wide range of topics and issues related to social life. Some examples of sociological questions include: Why do some groups have more resources and power than others in society and what explains these inequalities? What factors influence marriage and divorce rates? How do families, schools, churches, and corporations affect social control? What are the functions of welfare programs? How do cities grow and transform to reflect changing technologies and population trends? How does law interact with society and social institutions? What are the causes and consequences of crime and deviant behavior?
The mission of the BA in Sociology is to provide undergraduate students (both majors and non-majors) with broad knowledge of the theoretical concepts, empirical research findings, and methodological approaches of the discipline of sociology, with an emphasis on theory and research related to social inequality. As part of this program, sociology majors should gain mastery of these concepts, findings, and approaches central to sociology, as well as develop basic skills in empirical analysis and professional communication.
At UT Dallas, sociology majors are encouraged to go beyond scholarly study to explore ways that sociology can be utilized in corporations, government agencies, or voluntary organizations. Sociology graduates of the university have pursued careers or graduate study in a variety of areas including policy research, social services, business, law, education, law enforcement, and other social sciences.
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)
I.Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1
Communication (6 semester credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)
Science (9 semester credit hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)
II. Major Requirements: 46 semester credit hours
Major Preparatory Courses (4 semester credit hours beyond Core Curriculum)
Major Core Courses (15 semester credit hours)
One of the following:
Major Related Courses (27 semester credit hours)
III. Elective Requirements: 32 semester credit hours
Electives (6 semester credit hours)
All students are required to take at least six semester credit hours of electives outside their major field of study. These must be either upper-division classes or lower-division classes that have prerequisites.
Free Electives (26 semester credit hours)
This requirement may be satisfied with lower- and upper-division courses from any field of study. Students must complete at least 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses to qualify for graduation.
- Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
- A Major requirement that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. Semester credit hours are counted in Core Curriculum.
- Three semester credit hours are counted under Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning core, and one semester credit hour is counted under Major Preparatory Courses.
- Most students take upper-division SOC courses. However, subject to advisor approval, courses from other disciplines may be used to satisfy this requirement.