Sociology, B.A./M.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 135-142

Major Hours: 33

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 3.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 3.00

Program Code: A845/F845

Undergraduate Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
Sociology Core (15 hours)
SOC 1113Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 3123Social Statistics3
SOC 3133Methods of Social Research3
SOC 3363Sociological Theory3
SOC 4943Capstone in General Sociology3
Substantive Area Courses (15 hours)
Choose 5 courses from the Substantive Area course list.15
Elective Courses (3 hours)
Choose one additional Sociology course. May be selected from the Substantive Area course list.3
Total Credit Hours33
  • NOTE: Students will need to take free electives to meet the minimum required total and upper-division hours for the Bachelor's Degree. Using some of these hours to complete a minor is suggested. Minors cannot be completed after the Bachelor's Degree is awarded.

M.A. Component Requirements

Graduate Core (19 hours)
SOC 5283Fundamentals of Sociological Statistics (shared with undergraduate degree) 13
SOC 5293Advanced Methods of Social Research (shared with undergraduate degree) 13
SOC 5483Advanced Regression Analysis (shared with undergraduate degree) 13
SOC 5683Categorical, Panel, and Advanced Statistical Analyses (shared with undergraduate degree) 13
SOC 5821Professionalization Seminar 11
SOC 5933Sociological Theory 13
SOC 5980Research for Master's Thesis (3 hours)3
Graduate Electives (15 hours)
Choose 15 hours of graduate-level elective coursework. 2,315
Total Credit Hours34

Substantive Area Course List

SOC 25233
SOC 3523Criminology3
SOC 3533The System of Criminal Justice3
SOC 3623Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
SOC 3643Population and Society3
SOC 3683Wealth, Power, and Prestige3
SOC 3713Medical Sociology3
SOC 3723Sociology of Family3
SOC 3733Sociology of Gender3
SOC 3773Sociology of Religion3
SOC 3783Sports, Competition, & Society3
SOC 3803Inequality in A Global Perspective3
SOC 3813Individual and Society3
SOC 3843Sociology of Aging3
SOC 3853Sociology of the Body3
SOC 3873World Religions and Society3
SOC 4603Internship in Sociology3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Sociology academic advisers to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Sociology major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
General Education Math (Core I) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
Gen Ed Natural Science with Lab (Core II) 4
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
SOC 1113 Introduction to Sociology 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
First Year Experience (Core V)  
 Credit Hours11
Sophomore
First Semester
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
SOC 3123 Social Statistics 1 3
SOC 3363 Sociological Theory 3
Intermediate Language 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV- US History)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
SOC 3133 Methods of Social Research 1 3
SOC Substantive Area Major Requirement 2 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
SOC Substantive Area Major Requirement 2 3
SOC Substantive Area Major Requirement 2 3
SOC Substantive Area Major Requirement 2 3
SOC Elective Major requirement 3 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen Ed) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
SOC Substantive Area Major Requirement 1 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen Ed) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
SOC 4943 Capstone in General Sociology 3
SOC 5283 Fundamentals of Sociological Statistics 4 3
SOC 5933 Sociological Theory 4 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper- or lower-division 0-4
 Credit Hours12-16
Second Semester
SOC 5293 Advanced Methods of Social Research 4 3
SOC 5821 Professionalization Seminar 4 1
SOC 5483 Advanced Regression Analysis 4 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 0-3
 Credit Hours13-16
Fifth Year
First Semester
SOC 5683 Categorical, Panel, and Advanced Statistical Analyses 4 3
SOC Graduate Elective 4 3
SOC Graduate Elective 3
SOC Graduate Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
SOC 5980 Research for Master's Thesis 3
SOC Graduate Elective 3
Graduate Elective course 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours132-139