Department of Sociology

Degree Information

Sociology is a Liberal Arts major and follows the Liberal Arts degree plan for a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Major requirements for catalogs 2014-2016 and earlier

27 hours of Sociology coursework (including 15 hours upper-division and 18 hours in residence) as follows:

  • SOC 302 Intro to Study of Society with a grade of C or higher
  • SOC 317L Intro to Social Statistics (or approved substitution) with a grade of C or higher
  • SOC 317M Intro to Social Research with a grade of C or higher*
  • SOC 379M Sociological Theory with a grade of C or higher
  • 15 additional hours of SOC elective with a minimum of 12 hours upper-division

Sociology majors are required to complete a minor consisting of 12 hours coursework in another field of study with a minimum of 6 hours upper-division and 6 hours in residence.

Major requirements for the 2016-2018 catalog

30 hours of Sociology coursework (including 18 hours upper-division and 18 hours in residence) as follows:

  • SOC 302 Intro to Study of Society with a grade of C or higher
  • SOC 317L Intro to Social Statistics (or approved substitution) with a grade of C or higher
  • SOC 317M Intro to Social Research with a grade of C or higher*
  • SOC 379M Sociological Theory with a grade of C or higher
  • 18 additional hours of SOC elective with a minimum of 15 hours upper-division

Sociology majors are required to complete a transcript-recognized minor outside of Sociology or a certificate to complete the minor requirement, unless the student has a second major. A complete list of minors offered in the College of Liberal Arts is in progress here and certificates can be found here.

*Students may only enroll in SOC 317M twice, and must receive permission to enroll in the course for a second time.

Sociology minor for students in other majors

Beginning with the 2016-18 catalog students in majors other than Sociology can pursue a transcript-recognized minor in Sociology. The minor consists of 15 hours of Sociology coursework (including 6 hours upper-division and 9 hours in residence) from SOC 302 Intro to Study of Society and 12 additional hours of SOC.


  • Department of Sociology

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    305 E 23rd St, A1700
    CLA 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086
    512-232-6300