The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Sociology, Bachelor of Arts

The degree in sociology will prepare students for civic and professional participation in an increasingly global society. The students will learn the skills to critically analyze the world; address social, ecological and other problems; and obtain employment opportunities that emphasize critical thinking, research and data analysis.

Core Curriculum - 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

080 Social and Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours

SOCI 1301Introduction to Sociology

3

Major Requirements - 33 Hours

Required Courses - 12 hours

Certain courses below appear in more than one section of the degree plan. The courses and related credit hours can only be applied only once to the degree.

Sociology Core

SOCI 3301Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3

SOCI 4301Research Methods

3

SOCI 4333Social Theory for Sociology Students

3

Choose one from:
SOCI 4352Social Stratification

3

SOCI 4310Sociology of Gender

3

SOCI 4313Race and Ethnic Relations

3

Prescribed Electives - 21 hours

Choose from: 

SOCI 1323Social Problems

3

SOCI 3312Environmental Sociology

3

SOCI 3313Criminology

3

SOCI 3324Sociology of Health

3

SOCI 3325Social Psychology

3

SOCI 3333Urban Sociology

3

SOCI 3345Sociology of Mass Communication

3

SOCI 3346/MASC 3346Hispanics in Global Society

3

SOCI 3347Sociology of Immigration

3

SOCI 3348Disaster and Society

3

RELS 3363/SOCI 3363Sociology of Religion

3

SOCI 4310Sociology of Gender

3

SOCI 4313Race and Ethnic Relations

3

SOCI 4314Sociology of Deviance

3

SOCI 4320TheSociology of the Family

3

SOCI 4323The Mexican American Experience

3

SOCI 4325Sociology of Culture

3

SOCI 4326Population and Society

3

SOCI 4352Social Stratification

3

SOCI 4360Sociology of Education

3

SOCI 4380Social Protest and Social Movements

3

SOCI 4383Independent Studies

3

SOCI 4385Special Topics in Sociology

3

This degree plan includes courses that appear in more than one section of the degree plan. Except for core curriculum courses, such courses can only be used to fulfill one requirement on the degree plan and credit hours will only be applied once.

Free Electives – 45 hours

Free elective credit hours at the advanced level may be needed to achieve the institutional minimum of 42 advanced hours.

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120