Academic Catalog

Sociology, Bachelor of Arts

General Education Courses
I. Communication
Select two of the following:6
Composition I
Composition II
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:3
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Precalculus I
Precalculus II
Calculus I
Calculus II
Elements of Discrete Mathematics
Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology II Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Logic and Natural Science:
LOGC U205Introduction to Logic and Rhetoric3
or LOGC U207 Deductive Logic
Select one of the following:3
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Environmental Science
Natural Disasters
Geology of the Southeast
III. Information Technology
Information Technology:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Digital Studies
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Strategies for Information Discovery
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts or Humanities:
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Creative Writing
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Comparative Religion
Introduction to Southern Studies
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select two of the following: 16
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory German II
Introductory Spanish I
Introductory Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
POLI U101American National Government3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Interpersonal Communication
Leadership Development I
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
Choose from the options below if hours are required in the major.
General Education Electives:
Select any approved general education course or courses0
Major Requirements 2,3,4
Core Courses
SOCY U101Introduction to Sociology3
SOCY U201Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences3
SOCY U301Sociological Theory3
SOCY U302Sociological Research Methods3
SOCY U499Senior Seminar3
Additional Upper-Level Courses
Select Option A or Option B21
Option A: Any 7 upper level Sociology courses
Option B: Concentration in Community Development Studies
Three required courses:
Community Development
Urban Sociology
Social Problems
At least one course from each of the following areas: Students can choose a related upper-level course from another program, subject to approval of advisor. Students may substitute no more than two upper-level courses from other disciplines.
Sociology of Families
Sociology of Religion
Sociology of Organizations and Work
Medical Sociology
Social Inequality
Race and Ethnic Relations
Gender and Society
Civic Engagement:
Social Movements
Political Sociology
1 Course in Applied Community Experience:
Independent Study
Any other course designated as service-learning or community engagement, subject to approval of advisor
Cognate, Minor, or Certificate
Sociology majors may select a cognate (12 hours), a certificate (12hours), or a minor (18-21 hours), in consultation with their advisor. 12-21
Cognate 5
Select 12 credits
Minor Option 6,7
Select 18-21 credits
Certificate Option
Select 12 credits
Supporting Courses
Select two courses from Fine Arts, Humanities, History: African-American Studies, Art History, History, Music, Theatre, American Studies, English, Film, Philosophy, Religion6
Select two courses from Social and Behavioral Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies6
Select 4-20 credits4-20
Total Hours120

The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 102 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 level of a language must complete three (3) hours of language and will have an additional three (3) hours in general education electives. Students who place into the 201 level or higher of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have an additional six (6) hours in general education electives. 


A minimum grade of C is required.


15 credit hours of sociology (beyond SOCY U101 Introduction to Sociology) including senior seminar, applied toward graduation, must be awarded by USC Upstate. 


A sociology course used to meet major requirements may not be attempted more than twice. Attempts include receiving a “W,” “WF,” and “Audit.” Appeals to this policy may be made to the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies Academic Affairs Committee.


A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses.


18 hours minimum


Must include 12 hours of upper division coursework.