Sociology is an essential component of a liberal arts education. The Sociology major provides a solid background for graduate study in sociology and other liberal arts disciplines, such as anthropology, political science, comparative studies, communication and media studies, as well as for professional degrees in law, criminal justice, social work and business. Furthermore, students in sociology gain methodological and analytical skills that will enable them to pursue a wide range of career opportunities in such fields as human services, government and business.
The program in sociology leads to a B.A. degree and requires a minimum of 120 credits, of which 60 credits must be from a senior institution and at least 30 credits must be taken in sociology. Sociology majors are strongly encouraged to take more than 10 courses in sociology.
Students entering FAU as freshmen must meet the University’s core curriculum/four-year degree program requirements as listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog and the College’s requirements as set forth under Undergraduate Programs in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
Normally, students take 60 credits in their upper-division program at FAU. No more than two 1000-level and three 2000-level courses may count in the last 60 credits for the B.A. degree. For course sequence leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Sociology see Major Checklist. For information about M.A. degree in Sociology, please click Master Program.
Minor in Sociology: Students seeking a minor in Sociology are required to take a minimum of four courses (12 credits) of upper-division (3000- and 4000-level) courses in sociology. Of the 12 credits, at least 9 must be earned from FAU (effective spring 2011). Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in each sociology course for it to count toward the minor.