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Sociology is the study of social interactions and relationships in society. Students study issues relevant to people and social life, including marriage, family, technology and communication, as well as how demographics affect group behavior.

Career Opportunities
Studying Sociology can help foster your creativity, innovation, critical thinking and communication skills – all vital to succeed in an increasingly diverse global marketplace. You will be equipped with the tools you need to solve difficult social problems in a variety of fields, including:

  • Social services
  • Law and law enforcement
  • Urban planning
  • Community development
  • Healthcare
  • Marketing and research
Sociology professor lectures during class

Sociology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
Major Requirements
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 120General Anthropology3
or SOC 200 Introduction to Archaeology
SOC 230Social Problems3
SOC 400Racial and Ethnic Relations3
SOC 440Sociological Theory3
SOC 460Methods of Social Research3
SOC 465Advanced Research Project3
Any statistics course3
Select nine credit hours from Sociology courses numbered 300 or higher 19
Select one from the following:3
Any PSC course 300 level or higher
Philosophy and Policy in Social Services I
Philosophy and Policy in Social Services II
Select one from the following:3
Small Group Communication
Organizational Behavior
Adult Psychology
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
Substance Use and Disorders
Social Work Practice II
Other Required Courses
HIS 140American History to 18653
or HIS 150 American History since 1865
ECO 101Current Issues in the Economy3
or ECO 260 Principles of Macroeconomics
or ECO 261 Principles of Microeconomics
PSC 101American National Government3

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a minimum 2.0 GPA in major requirement courses (excludes the identified other required courses).
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.
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