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BS in Sociology
(45-48 hours*)


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  1. The Sociology Department requires a minimum of 24 hours of sociology major courses to be taken in residence at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  2. Complete one of the following introductory courses (preferably in sophomore year or earlier):
  3. Complete the following core courses:
      STAT 121 : Principles of Statistics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      STAT 121 : Principles of Statistics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also; Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      RECOMMENDED: MATH 110 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION:  Stemplots, boxplots, histograms, scatterplots; central tendency, variability; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing involving one and two means and proportions; contingency tables, simple linear regression.

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      : Honors Principles of Statistics.
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      SOC 300 : Methods of Research in Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 300 : Methods of Research in Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Soc 111 or 112 or 113.
      DESCRIPTION: Tools of social research; survey, experimentation, content analysis, secondary analysis, qualitative research, evaluation research, data processing and analysis, and report writing.

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      SOC 307 : Data Analysis, Presentation, and Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 307 : Data Analysis, Presentation, and Management. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 300 & STAT 121; Major status.
      DESCRIPTION: Framing research questions, locating available data, using programs and statistical packages for univariate and bivariate analysis, presenting and summarizing findings.

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      SOC 310 : Social Inquiry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: SOC 111; or SOC 112; or SOC 113
      DESCRIPTION: Basic ideas and arguments forming sociological inquiry, including philosophical foundations, philosophy of social science, and development of classical theory and contemporary theory.

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      Note: Students must declare a sociology major before registering for Soc 307; students must complete these four courses with a C- or better grade.

  4. Complete one of the following diversity courses:
  5. Complete one of the following advanced methods courses:
  6. Complete one of the following options in order to fulfill the GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication requirement:
      Either
        SOC 455R : Senior Capstone Part 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 455R : Senior Capstone Part 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        DESCRIPTION: This is the first semester of a two-semester capstone with advanced substantive material and the integration and application of concepts and skills from earlier courses to produce a professional research paper.
        NOTE: Fulfills GE Advanced Writing and Oral Communication credit if both Soc 455R and Soc 456R are completed.

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        SOC 456R : Senior Capstone Part 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 456R : Senior Capstone Part 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 455R
        DESCRIPTION: This is the second semester of a two-semester capstone with advanced substantive material and the integration and application of concepts and skills from earlier courses to produce a professional research paper.
        NOTE: Fulfills GE Advanced Writing and Oral Communication credit if both Soc 455R and Soc 456R are completed.

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      Or
        ENGL 312 : Persuasive Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ENGL 312 : Persuasive Writing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Honors also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
        PREREQUISITE: First-year writing, junior or senior status.
        DESCRIPTION: Expository and persuasive writing focusing on practical reasons for evaluating audiences, generating and structuring an argument, and making stylistic decisions. Library research paper.
        NOTE: Carries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.

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  7. Complete one of the following capstone options:
    1. Complete the following:
        SOC 455R : Senior Capstone Part 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 455R : Senior Capstone Part 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        DESCRIPTION: This is the first semester of a two-semester capstone with advanced substantive material and the integration and application of concepts and skills from earlier courses to produce a professional research paper.
        NOTE: Fulfills GE Advanced Writing and Oral Communication credit if both Soc 455R and Soc 456R are completed.

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        SOC 456R : Senior Capstone Part 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 456R : Senior Capstone Part 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 455R
        DESCRIPTION: This is the second semester of a two-semester capstone with advanced substantive material and the integration and application of concepts and skills from earlier courses to produce a professional research paper.
        NOTE: Fulfills GE Advanced Writing and Oral Communication credit if both Soc 455R and Soc 456R are completed.

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    2. Complete two of the following:
        SOC 420 : Understanding Modern Societies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 420 : Understanding Modern Societies. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Comparative-historical theory and research on the political, economic, social, and cultural processes in the formation, social organization, and future prospects of modern societies.

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        SOC 421 : Sociology of Organizations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 421 : Sociology of Organizations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Examines organizational arrangements that maximize performance, innovation, and well-being; effective ways to develop social networks; diverse organizational forms like strategic alliances, multinational corporations, and NGOs.

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        SOC 422 : Inequality and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 422 : Inequality and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Distribution of economic and social resources (financial, status, prestige, power, and authority) as they relate to life changes, lifestyle, and social justice.

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        SOC 424 : Political Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 424 : Political Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Analysis of power and decision-making, political institutions, grass root politics, stratification, and political activity, social movements and revolutions, science/religion and politics. Writing intensive.

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        SOC 425 : Markets and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 425 : Markets and Society. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Economic sociology exploring social dynamics of market behavior from an interdisciplinary perspective; topics include social factors related to value, price, and price volatility.

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        SOC 426 : Sociology of Work and Occupations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 426 : Sociology of Work and Occupations. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Distinction between work and occupation, changes in the nature of work and labor force, impacts of work, mobility in work life, and occupational attainment.

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        SOC 450 : The Family and Social Change. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 450 : The Family and Social Change. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Changing patterns of family-related behaviors, functions, and forms. Demographic, economic, and ideological forces shaping the family.

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        SOC 460 : Issues in Family Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 460 : Issues in Family Sociology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Advanced sociological analysis of current issues relating to the family (e.g., theory, methodology, parenting, marriage, divorce, family crises, race, gender, etc.).

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        SOC 481 : Crime, Justice, and Corrections. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 481 : Crime, Justice, and Corrections. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Nature and extent of criminal behavior; current theory and research related to causes of crime and treatment of criminals.

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        SOC 490R : Special Topics in Sociology. (1-3:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SOC 490R : Special Topics in Sociology. (1-3:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: SOC 307 & SOC 310
        RECOMMENDED: Soc 404 or 405 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Course content varies from year to year.

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  8. Complete 18 credit hours of 300-level or above Sociology courses. (No double counting within the major is allowed.)
  9. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in one or two semesters (up to 9 credit hours) of professional experience including academic internships (on-campus, domestic, or international) and research with a faculty member (Soc 497R). Students may apply up to a total of 9 professional experience credit hours toward the sociology elective requirement. Suggested courses include the following:

      BUS M 494R : On-Campus Experiential Projects. (3:1:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      BUS M 494R : On-Campus Experiential Projects. (3:1:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Direct, practical on-campus (not in the field) professional experience consulting with established and startup companies and organizations. Students are accepted to work on specific projects based on their skills, interests, and major emphasis. Students apply to be involved in specific projects.

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      IAS 397R : Topics in International and Area Studies. (.5-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      IAS 397R : Topics in International and Area Studies. (.5-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Instructor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Study relating to current world problems.

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      :
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      IAS 399R : Academic Internship: International. (.5-9:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      IAS 399R : Academic Internship: International. (.5-9:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PREREQUISITE: Acceptance into program.
      DESCRIPTION: Individualized work or volunteer experience in an international setting.
      NOTE: Class must be coordinated through International Study Programs.

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      POLI 399R : Academic Internship. (.5-9:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      POLI 399R : Academic Internship. (.5-9:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PREREQUISITE: Acceptance into program.
      DESCRIPTION: Work-study on the international, national, state, and local level.

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      : Washington DC Internship.
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      : International Internship.
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      : Congressional Internship.
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      : State Government Internship.
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      : City Government Intership.
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      : Pre-Law Internship.
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      : Utah Legislature Internship.
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      : Campaign Internship.
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      SOC 399R : Academic Internship. (1-6:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 399R : Academic Internship. (1-6:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor required.
      RECOMMENDED: Soc 307 and related 300-level courses.
      DESCRIPTION: Individualized work or volunteer experience in either a research setting or some kind of field placement with an organization.

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      SOC 497R : Directed Research in Sociology. (1-6:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SOC 497R : Directed Research in Sociology. (1-6:0:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor required.
      DESCRIPTION: Individualized research program supervised by faculty member. Student selects topic and completes a research project.

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*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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