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Majors: Requirements and Concentrations

The Department of Sociology offers the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and the Bachelor of Science in Sociology.

Any incoming freshman, college transfer student, international student, or current UH student with an overall GPA of 2.00 interested in majoring in Sociology must apply first as a Sociology pre-major.

After completion of SOC 1300 and SOC 3300 or SOC 3400 with a minimum grade of C in each course, a student may petition the Department of Sociology to declare a major in Sociology. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 grade point average in all courses in the major (required or elective) attempted at this university.

Students who choose to major in Sociology must also meet the university core requirements and the college core requirements for a Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

Requirements for Sociology Majors (declared in Fall 2020 or later)

  • SOC 1300 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
  • SOC 3300 Introduction to Sociological Theory (3 hours)
  • SOC 3400 Introduction to Social Statistics (4 Hours)
  • SOC 3301 Introduction to Sociological Research (3 hours)
  • 12 hours of advanced SOC electives (3000/4000 level)
  • 9 hours of SOC electives (any level)

Checklists for Sociology Majors (declared in Fall 2020 or later)

Requirements for Sociology Majors (declared prior to Fall 2020)

  • SOC 1300 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
  • SOC 3300 Introduction to Sociological Theory (3 hours)
  • SOC 3400 Introduction to Social Statistics (4 Hours)
  • SOC 3301 Introduction to Sociological Research (3 hours) or SOC 3401 Introduction to Sociological Research (4 hours; available prior to Fall 2020)
  • 18 hours of advanced SOC electives (3000/4000 level)

Checklists for Sociology Majors (declared prior to Fall 2020)

Concentrations for Sociology Majors

Students may elect to complete a concentration in one of the following areas:
  • Health and Medicine
  • Workplace Diversity

Students who elect to pursue a concentration must declare this at any time during matriculation, but after they have become a SOC major (they cannot be in Pre-SOC standing) and before the semester they anticipate to graduate. However, they are encouraged to declare this early on in their academic careers.

Students who complete all requirements of the concentration will graduate with a degree in sociology with a concentration in that specific area (e.g., BA/BS in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Medicine or BA/BS in Sociology with a concentration in Workplace Diversity).

Requirements for each concentration in Sociology include four courses from the approved list of concentration courses: one of the two required courses plus three additional courses from the relevant list (see below).

Health and Medicine

The Health and Medicine concentration is specifically designed for students who wish to:

  • Learn about sociological aspects of health, illness, and health care in the United States and globally;
  • Develop a critical perspective on the implications of different factors, with a central focus on social ones, for health outcomes; and
  • Expand their knowledge of social determinants of health disparities and behaviors, advantages and disadvantages of various health care systems, and different types of health care professions, occupations, and settings.
A Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Health and Medicine will serve as an indicator of students’ solid understanding of health inequalities and health care challenges to future or current employers.

The requirements for the Health and Medicine concentration include one of the two required courses plus three additional courses from the approved list:
  • Required: SOC3380 Introduction to the Sociology of Health Care or SOC3353 Health Disparities in Society
  • SOC3315 Sexuality and Society
  • SOC3316 Sociology of Sport
  • SOC3344 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC3350 Sociology of the Body
  • SOC3352 Population Analysis
  • SOC3382 Sociology of Drug Use and Recovery

Checklists for Health and Medicine Concentration

Sociology Majors (declared in Fall 2020 or later)

Sociology Majors (declared prior to Fall 2020)

Workplace Diversity

The Workplace Diversity concentration is intended to offer students the opportunity to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of ever-increasing diversity in contemporary society and particularly in the workplace;
  • Become aware of various aspects of workplace diversity and its importance, benefits, and challenges; and
  • Acquire necessary knowledge and skills in order to successfully interact and work with people from different backgrounds shaped by their gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, etc.

A Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Workplace Diversity will serve as an indicator of students’ cultural competence and commitment to a diverse workforce to future or current employers.

The requirements for the Workplace Diversity concentration include one of the two required courses plus three additional courses from the approved list:

  • Required: SOC3342 Sociology of Work or SOC3341 Organizations
  • SOC3315 Sexuality and Society
  • SOC3327 Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States
  • SOC3328 Race and Ethnicity in World Perspective
  • SOC3330 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • SOC3351 Social Class and Mobility
  • SOC3390 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC3395 Careers in Sociology
  • SOC4394 Internship in Sociology

Checklists for Workplace Diversity Concentration

Sociology Majors (declared in Fall 2020 or later)
Sociology Majors (declared prior to Fall 2020)