Sociology Curriculum

USCB offers the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology. To qualify for graduation, a student must meet General Education requirements and Sociology requirements as outlined in I-IV below.

  • I. General Education Requirements with Notes for Majors 37-50


  • Either ENGL B101 or ENGL B105; B101L; and either ENGL B102 or ENGL B106. Each course must have a grade of "C" or higher. 6-7

Students may place out of ENGL B101L with an appropriate score on the Freshman English Placement Exam. Students who transfer into USCB with approved credit for first-semester freshman composition are exempt from the ENGL B101L requirement.

  • Numerical and Analytical Reasoning 6-8

MATH B101 or a higher level mathematics course, plus an additional course in mathematics, logic, statistics, or computer science.

Majors: STAT B201 satisfies 3 hrs. of the Numerical and Analytical Reasoning requirement and is strongly recommended for Sociology majors.


  • COMM B140, B201 or B230 3

Liberal Arts

  • Liberal Arts Electives (humanities or social/behavioral sciences)1 6
  • HIST B101, 102, 111 or 112, 115 or 116 3
  • Fine Arts2 3
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences3 3

Majors: PSYC 101 is a Program Requirement in (II) below and satisfies the 3 hr. Liberal Arts Electives, Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement.

1Courses from the following disciplines: AFAM, ANTH, ARTH, ARTS, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, HIST, MUSC, PHIL, POLI, PSYC, RELG, SOCY, SPAN, COMM, THEA. One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

2Courses from: ARTH, ARTS, MUSC, or THEA. One-hour credits in MUSC and THEA may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

3Courses from: ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GLST, LING, POLI, PSYC, and SOCY.

Natural Sciences

  • Two courses, at least one with associated laboratory 7

Courses from: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, MSCI, and PHYS. One of the natural science courses may be a 3-credit course that is designed without a separate laboratory or field component, but which incorporates these components in the main curriculum. The other natural science course must be a 4-credit course with embedded or separately listed laboratory. BIOL B110 and BIOL B120 cannot both be taken for credit.

Two courses outside the Natural Science curriculum also satisfy the 3-credit course requirement of Natural Science: ANTH B101 and PSYC B361. Students may elect to take them as either fulfilling a Natural Science General Education requirement or a Social Science General Education requirement, but not both.

  • Foreign Languages 0-6

Students shall demonstrate in one foreign language the ability to comprehend the topic and main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. For foreign languages taught at USCB, this requirement may be satisfied and credit earned by proficiency through a USCB Foreign Language Challenge Exam. For all other foreign languages, the requirement is waived after USCB certification but no credit is earned by demonstrating an equivalent proficiency.

Waiver of Foreign Language Requirement for Bilingual Speakers: Students whose native language is other than English and who have scored either 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 77 on the internet based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), are exempt, without credit, from USCB's language requirement. English-speaking students who document or certify native or near-native proficiency in a language other than English are also exempt, without credit, from this requirement.

  • General Education Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding Studies 0-3

A distribution requirement that may be satisfied by one of the above mentioned courses or by additional coursework.

The following courses have been approved for this requirement: ANTH B102, ANTH B312, ANTH B317, ANTH B351, ANTH B352, ANTH 452, ENGL 291, GEOG 121, GLST 3B01, GLST B398, HIST B109, HIST B115, HIST B116, RELG B203, SOCY B315 and SPAN B380. Non-equivalent transfer credits may be evaluated for approval on a case by case basis by the Director of General Education.

  • II. Program Requirements (each with a grade of "C" or higher) 6
  • SOCY B101 3
  • STAT B201 3

SOCY B101 may fulfill a general education requirement or serve as an elective, but it must be completed for a major in sociology.

  • III. Major Requirements (each with a grade of "C" or higher) 37
  • SOCY B496 and SOCY B497 7
  • Nine Sociology courses numbered 300 or above 27
  • SOCY B498 3
  • IV. Electives 36-46
  • Total hours required 120