Sociology, B.A.

University Core Curriculum Requirements — 40 credit hours

All University of Portland students progress through a set of shared course options as part of the University’s liberal arts Core Curriculum. This curriculum offers a foundation of multiple lenses to address enduring questions of human concern, integrating the liberal arts, the University mission, and the knowledge, skills, and values needed in a diverse society and in the workplace.

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The core requirement for the Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion & the Common Good Habit is satisfied by SOC 101

One of the three core requirements in the Scientific and Quantitative Literacy and Problem Solving Habit is satisfied by PSY 101 within the criminology track.

SOC 380 and SW 498/499 are the designated Writing in the Discipline courses for the B.A. in Sociology.

College of Arts and Sciences B.A. Requirements — 24-33 credit hours

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Major Requirements — 36 credit hours

Required Courses — 18 credit hours

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology


SOC 214/PSY 214/SW 214Research Methods: Design


SOC 215/PSY 215Research Methods: Analysis


SOC 336Race and Racism in the United States


SOC 380Sociological Theory


SOC 498Senior Project


Students may substitute SOC 499 (Thesis) for SOC 498, Senior Project Seminar. This option requires the student to secure faculty approval of the thesis proposal before the student begins their final year of study.

Upper-division Sociology Electives - 18 credit hours

At least 6 of the 18 upper-division elective credit hours must be taken from SOC 430-439, or 491-492. A maximum of 6 non-classroom credit hours (e.g., internships or independent study) may be applied toward the completion of the major.

Any additional credit hours required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours

Total Credit Hours: 120