Sociology, B.A.

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The Sociology curriculum emphasizes thoughtful examination of social issues. The purpose of exploring society through a variety of classes is to increase students’ social awareness and the ability to employ a sociological perspective to interpret social behavior.

Our graduates are equipped with a set of core courses in theory, methods, statistics, and data analysis that give them the opportunity to explore a research question from the beginning conceptualization to the presentation of findings about their project. This research is completed in relatively small classes with the same professor assisting them over a two-semester period. What this experience means is that students gain critical thinking and analytical skills that prepare them for careers in a broad range of fields. By combining the core courses with their specific interests in courses concentrated around areas such as Crime, Law & Deviance; Diversity & Social Inequality; Mass Culture & Collective Behavior; and/or Medical Sociology, a graduate of our program is well-prepared for graduate school as long as his/her grades and GREs are competitive. Graduates are also well-prepared for careers in positions or fields such as research analyst, behavioral analyst, law enforcement, corrections, diversity training specialist, counselor, marketing research, advertising, public relations, human resources, child welfare, victim advocacy, event planner, and environmentalist to name a few.

Degree Requirements

At least 30 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses must be taken from the UCF Sociology Department. Students must maintain a UCF GPA of at least 2.0 in all courses used for the major. Students must have a “C” (2.0) or higher in all core courses. Co-op credit cannot be used in this major. Directed independent studies, directed independent research, and internships must be approved by the Sociology department prior to enrollment. Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Perquisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.

I. UCF General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

II. Common Prerequisites (CPP) (3 Credit Hours)

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (15 Credit Hours)

  • SYA 3110: Social Theory (3 hrs)
  • SYA 4300C: Research Methods (4 hrs)
  • SYA 3400C: Applied Social Statistics (4 hrs)
  • SYA 4450: Capstone: Data Analysis (4 hrs)

III. Restricted Electives (27 Credit Hours)

Select from all courses with SYA, SYD, SYG, SYO, or SYP prefixes.

IV. Internship

Students may enroll for 3 to 6 hours of Internship credit per term in the following courses with a maximum of 12 credits while enrolled at the BA level. 6 of the 12 credits can be used as restricted electives with the final 6 credits applied to the general 120 hours, not to the restricted electives. Internships are coordinated by the Undergraduate Program Director and require individual approval.

  • SYP 3940: Internship (3-6 hrs)
  • SYP 4941: Internship (3-6 hrs)

V. University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit
  • Total Semester Hours Required: 120

Not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. More information is available here.

For additional information contact:

Dr. Amy Donley

Undergraduate Sociology Program Director

(407) 823-3744

Career Opportunities

  • behavioral analyst
  • corrections officer
  • counselor
  • diversity training specialist
  • educator
  • environmentalist
  • event planner
  • human resources administrator
  • law enforcement officer
  • marketing researcher
  • mental health care provider
  • public administrator
  • research analyst
  • researcher
  • victim advocate

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