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Major in Sociology

Major: Sociology 
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Degree 
CIP 45.1101 
 
The sociology program is a liberal arts program oriented toward increasing the student’s understanding of human society, the groups and institutions of which it is composed, and its impact on human beings. Sociology helps develop one’s appreciation of diversity, love of learning, writing and study skills, as well as a knowledge base about human behavior, social research, social organization and culture. Sociology is a potential major for students planning futures in such professions as law, business, education, and politics. Sociology provides a rich fund of knowledge directly concerning each of these fields. But rather than prepare the student for a narrow specialty, sociology prepares the individual for a lifetime of learning and change to meet the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly complex society. The sociology program will provide students with a solid foundation for their chosen careers upon graduation or for more specialized graduate education in such fields as public health, law, social services, government and non-profit, or a number of other professional fields.
 
University Studies Requirements...............................41‐47 hrs 
 
 
Required Courses.........................................................18‐19 hrs 
ENG 205 Writing for the Social Sciences 
PSY 300 Principles and Methods of Statistical Analysis 
or 
MAT 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 
SOC 099 Transitions  
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 300 Social Theory
SOC 360 Introduction to Research Methods 
SOC 400 Senior Seminar 
SOC 434 Social Theory 
 
Required Electives............................................................18 hrs 
SOC electives approved by adviser.  Electives may include but are not limited to the following:

SOC 231 Social Problems
SOC 269 Popular Culture
SOC 325 Sociology of Food
SOC 331 The Family
SOC 335 Sociology of Organizations
SOC 336 Society and Individual
SOC 337 Social Inequality
SOC 338 Criminology
SOC 340 Medical Sociology
SOC 347 Sociology of Mental Health and Illness 
SOC 432 Protest and Social Movements 
SOC 436 Sociology of Sport
SOC 438 Sociology of Deviant Behavior
SOC 442 Law and Society
SOC 445 Media and Crime 
SOC 455 Environmental Sociology
SOC 465 Globalization



Required Minor............................................................21‐24 hrs 
 
Unrestricted Electives..................................................13‐23 hrs 
 

Total Curriculum Requirements...................................120 hrs 



The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Undergraduate Bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment.

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