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Sociology Program Details

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work


Major in Sociology (Major Code: 122)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 

What is sociology?

Sociology is the study of human social behavior, especially the study of origins, organization, institutions, and development of human society.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum” section of this catalog and the “Curriculum Guide, Major in Sociology.”

NOTE: Sociology majors are urged to consult closely with departmental advisers regarding electives in the department. This is equally true for students planning to seek employment after earning baccalaureate degrees, for students planning graduate study in sociology, and for students with double majors in social work or criminal justice.

Sociology Core Requirements

  • 36 semester hours, including SOCI 1301, 1306, 3362, 4302, 4321, 4361, 4362.

Required Courses from Other Departments

Students are urged to consult with their departmental adviser regarding course work in other departments.

Prerequisite for Advanced Work

  • SOCI 1301 is required for all advanced courses except SOCI 3311, 3342, 3094, 4311, 4321, 4325 and 4351.

Practicum in Sociology

Sociology students will complete an internship in a social agency under the supervision of a sociology instructor.  This experience will focus on the translation and extension of sociological knowledge to professionally supervised practice.  SOCI 1301 is a required prerequisite for the practicum.  Students interested in the Practicum should contact Dr. Lisa Garza.

Certificate in Demography (24 semester hours)

Courses: SOCI 1301, 3311, 3362, 4099, 4302, 4315, 4321, 4362.

Sociology Minor

For all Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees, other than majors in education, a student may request a minor, which consists of eighteen semester hours, nine of which are advanced, and three hours in residence.

Sociology Online

To view information about sociology courses offered online, click on the link above.

Correspondence Program

The West Texas A&M University Correspondence Program enables students to take and complete courses at their own pace.  From the date of the enrollment, students have one calendar year to complete a course.  Registration can be at any time.  The following courses are available by correspondence.

Courses: SOCI 1301, 1306, 4305, 4311, 4321,4305.

Refer to the West Texas A&M University Catalog and the WTAMU Correspondence Courses Catalog for course descriptions.  Contact the Continuing Education Center at 806-651-2037 for registration and further information.

Graduate Studies

The Sociology Program offers master's degrees either through the interdisciplinary studies or as part of the criminal justice master's program.  Graduate study in sociology prepares the student to understand change in society and its institutions and to apply this understanding in a variety of employment settings.  These include community college teaching, criminal justice agencies, corporate organizations, social policy development, social action programming, social research and its practical applications.  Graduate sociology courses can be used as a minor field of study for the master's degree in criminal justice.  Graduate study also prepares students for various doctoral programs in sociology.

Sociology Program Scholarships

To view information about program scholarships for sociology students, click on the link above.

Sociology Faculty