BA with a Major in Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Sociology. Students are encouraged to follow a general sociology curriculum or to specialize in race, ethnicity, and gender; work, organizations, and the economy; or urban studies. A minor in Sociology is also offered.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Sociology degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements33
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours87
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Sociology a,b
Social Problems a,b
SOC 201Introductory Sociological Statistics c4
Three additional 200-level courses d9
SOC 300Introduction to Sociological Research Methods4
SOC 385Introduction to Sociological Theory e3
SOC 490Senior Research Experience f4
Two additional 400-level courses d6
Total Hours33

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours13-15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Foreign Language 4
SOC 100
Introduction to Sociology
or Social Problems
3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours16-18
Second Year
Fall Semester
SOC 2xx Elective 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Electives 3-5
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
SOC 201 Introductory Sociological Statistics a 4
SOC 2xx Elective 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
 Hours17
Third Year
Fall Semester
SOC 2xx Elective 3
SOC 300 Introduction to Sociological Research Methods b 4
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 3-6
 Hours13-16
Spring Semester
SOC 4xx Elective 3
SOC 385 Introduction to Sociological Theory c 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
SOC 490 Senior Research Experience d 4
SOC 4xx Elective 3
Electives 9
 Hours16
Spring Semester
Electives 14-15
 Hours14-15
 Total Hours120