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Program Requirements


A major in sociology (775) leads to a bachelor of arts degree and requires a minimum of ten courses (31 semester hours) in sociology including six required courses. A student works closely with an advisor to develop an individualized program to fit his or her personal interests and career goals. Some students choose to sample a variety of topics, while others prefer to focus on a particular area of study. Examples of topical areas include social psychology, research methods and evaluation, and criminology and deviance.

Please note: Courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.


Major Required Courses (16 hours)

SOCL 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOCL 200 200 Elective from List 
SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology
SOCL 302 Strategies of Social Research
SOCL 304 Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society
SOCL 499 Senior Seminar (1 credit hour)
SOCL 210 Interaction with Self and Society
SOCL 220 Marriage and Family
SOCL 240 Contemporary Social Problems
SOCL 309 Social Deviance
SOCL 322 Religion in Society
SOCL 324 Sociology of Sport
SOCL 330 Criminology
SOCL 332 Juvenile Delinquency
SOCL 342 Aging in Society
SOCL 352 Technology, Work, and Society
SOCL 360 The Community in Rural and Urban Settings
SOCL 375 Diversity in American Society
SOCL 438 Victimology
SOCL 450 Occupations and Professions

Please Note: In addition to the courses listed above, the Sociology Major requires a minor and 44 hours as part of the Colonnade (formerly General Education) program. Minors, as well as select Colonnade courses, are available online.Please work with your advisor or support staff in WKU Online to identify online options. 

There are several minors available online. Your advisor can assist you in planning your program in a way that best meets your needs.



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 Last Modified 3/20/18