Sociology, B.A.

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
SOC 200 Bison image Introductory Sociology (CT)3
Core I Critical Thinking3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication3
Core II Math: MTH 121 course or STA 150/STA 150L3-4
Core II Natural/Physical Science4
Core II Humanities3
SOC 200 Bison image Introductory Sociology (CT) (MC) (Core II Social Science)3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
SOC 200 Bison image Introductory Sociology (CT) (Multicultural/International)3
SOC 493 Bison image Senior Seminar II (Capstone)3
College-Specific
Foreign Language 1013
Foreign Language 1023
Foreign Language 2033
Foreign Language 2043
COLA Literature3
COLA Literature3
COLA 300/400 Humanities3
ANT 201 Bison image Cultural Anthropology (CT) (COLA Social Science)3
SOC COLA Social Science3
COLA Social Science (not SOC)3
COLA Natural/Physical Science4
ANT 201 Bison image Cultural Anthropology (CT) (COLA International)3
COLA Multicultural3
Major-Specific
SOC 200 Bison image Introductory Sociology (CT)3
SOC 344 Cap graduation image Social Research I3
SOC 345Social Statistics I3
SOC 360Sociological Theory3
SOC 492Senior Seminar I3
SOC 493 Bison image Senior Seminar II (Capstone)3
SOC Restricted Elective
Select two courses from one primary area, and one course from each of the remaining two areas from the following:12
Social Institutions:
Social Organization
American Society
Health, Culture and Society
The Family
Criminology
Sociology of Work
Sociology of Religion
Soc of Death & Dying
Social Identities and Inequalities:
Individual and Society
Social Stratification
Social Class Power & Conflict
Race and Ethnicity
Sociology of Appalachia
Intro to the Soc of Aging
Sociology of Sex and Gender
National Identity
Social Issues:
Deviance and Social Control
Contemp Soc Issues and Prob
Soc of Community Health
Population & Human Ecology
Social Movements & Soc Change
Urban Sociology
Holocaust and Genocide
Culture and Environment
SOC Elective
Select three of the following:9
Social Research II
Evaluation and Survey Research
Field Exper in Applied SOC
Special Topics
Special Topics
Special Topics
Special Topics
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
Internship
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective1

Major Information

  • The total number of free electives will depend on the amount of double and triple counting of requirements.
  • See course attributes each semester for courses that meet multiple requirements.
  • Questions about requirements should be directed to the College of Liberal Arts (304-696-2350). Core II and COLA requirements may not be double counted.
  • Forty-eight credit hours (sixteen 3-hour courses) must be at the 300/400 level.
  • Students must earn a C or better in ENG 201 Advanced Composition and all foreign language courses.
  • Minimum of 120 hours to graduate.

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Four Year Plan

Sociology is the study of human societies. We ask basic questions like “why do humans do what we do” and “how does society work.” Along the way we pick up essential human questions like: What does it mean when we say that we live in a socially constructed reality? What is the place of the individual in society? Do we have “free will,” or are our personal actions determined by social forces? Is social life really what Thomas Hobbes called the “war of all against all”? Why do we have social order?

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication 3
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
SOC 200 Bison image Introductory Sociology (CT) (MC) (Core II Social Science) 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
Core II Math: MTH 121 course or STA 150 course /STA 150L 3 or 4
Core II Physical/Natural Science 4
ANT 201 Bison image Cultural Anthropology (CT) (COLA Social Sci/COLA International) 3
COLA Literature 3
 Credit Hours16-17
Second Year
First Semester
SOC 344 Cap graduation image Social Research I 3
SOC 360 Sociological Theory 3
Foreign Language 101 3
COLA Literature 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
SOC 345 Social Statistics I 3
Writing Intensive 3
Foreign Language 102 3
COLA Physical/Natural Science 4
Core II Humanities 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
Writing Intensvie 3
SOC Restricted Elective 3
SOC Restricted Elective 3
COLA Soc Science: SOC Elective 3
Foreign Language 203 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
SOC Restricted Elective 3
Foreign Language 204 3
COLA Social Science (MC) 3
COLA 300/400 Humanities 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
SOC 492 Senior Seminar I 3
SOC Restricted Elective 3
SOC Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
SOC 493 Bison image Senior Seminar II 3
SOC Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120-121