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    Sep 28, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology B.A., with Inequality and Social Justice Concentration


Sociology B.A.


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TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120

http://sociology.usf.edu/ug/

The Sociology major is designed to provide students with a broad liberal arts education and a greater understanding and insight into the social systems and processes that bear upon everyday lives. Opportunities for students with Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology are quite varied. Some go on to work for human service agencies; others work in personnel, criminal justice, and urban planning; others enter graduate programs in sociology, education, law, medicine, or social work. Toward these ends, all students are encouraged to become skilled in the use of computers and libraries.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts & Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • SYA XXXX or SYD XXXX or SYG XXXX or SYO XXXX or SYP XXXX - 3 credit hours
  • SYA XXXX or SYD XXXX or SYG XXXX or SYO XXXX or SYP XXXX - 3 credit hours

Required Supporting Courses for the Major (3 Credit Hours)


The following courses are prerequisite and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

Total Major Hours: 36


Major Core (12 Credit Hours)


The major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours of Sociology coursework plus STA 2122 - Social Science Statistics  or its equivalent.

The minimum of 36 credit hours in Sociology must include the following four core courses (12 credit hours):

Major Electives (24 Credit Hours)


The remaining 24 hours of Sociology coursework may be comprised of any upper-level courses offered by the Sociology department. In addition, SYG 2010 - Contemporary Social Problems  may count toward these 24 hours of electives. No more than three hours each of SYA 4910 - Individual Research  and SYA 4949 - Sociological Internship , may count toward the 24 hours of electives.

Areas of Concentration

Sociology majors may choose to complete an optional area of concentration in either “Inequality and Social Justice” or “Identity and Community” by completing one required course and three elective courses (all with a grade of C- or better) listed within the area selected. In some cases, it may be possible to complete both areas of concentration, however, students may count a particular course as an elective for only one area of concentration.

Inequality and Social Justice Concentration


The Department of Sociology offers an optional area of concentration in “Inequality and Social Justice” for sociology majors. Course included in this area of concentration focus on the political, social, and academic intersections among inequalities and the strategies we can implement to address them in a just manner. This area of concentration will be listed on your official transcript and can be useful as you market your skills to potential employers after graduation.

Concentration Core (3 hours)


Concentration Electives (21 hours)


Select nine (9) credit hours of coursework from the following list. The remaining 12 hours of Sociology coursework may be comprised of any upper-level courses offered by the Sociology department.

Sociology B.A.- Additional Information


GPA Requirements


  • Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements):  2.0  
  • General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements):   2.0
  • USF GPA:  2.0
  • Overall GPA: 2.0

Grading Requirements


A C- or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere. Will vary by area.

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

Residency Requirement


  • Department Major Academic Residency Requirement - At least 27 hours of the major coursework must be completed at USF.
  • College of Arts & Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF.
  • USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF.

Research Opportunities


All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Optional Honors Program


Through the Undergraduate Honors Program, the Department of Sociology provides its outstanding students with opportunities to work closely with faculty and graduate students with shared interests in specific areas of social experience. Students accepted into the program select a faculty mentor with expertise in the area of study of interest to the student. Under the supervision of this mentor, honors students conduct sociological research in their area of interest culminating in the preparation of an honors thesis. Students typically apply to the Honors Program in the Spring Semester during their junior year for admission for the following Fall. If you are interested in the Undergraduate Honors Program, please contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Maralee Mayberry at mayberry@usf.edu for more information and application materials.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements


  1. Junior standing.
  2. 12 semester hours of Sociology course work with a major GPA of 3.0 by the end of the semester in which application is made.
  3. Overall USF GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Selection and approval of faculty mentor.

Completion Requirements


  1. Completion of all requirements for the major.
  2. Completion of at least one upper-level elective relevant to the thesis (course must be approved by faculty mentor).
  3. USF overall and major GPA of at least 3.0.
  4. Successful completion of the Honors Seminar.
  5. Successful completion of the Honors Thesis (SYA 4910  and the thesis itself).
  6. Applications for the Undergraduate Honors Program in Sociology are available in the Sociology department (CPR 209). Please make an appointment with the Undergraduate Program Director, Maralee Mayberry at mayberry@usf.edu before completing the application.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Tampa Campus Website: https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, SOCadvise@usf.edu

4 Year Plan of Study - Sociology B.A., with Inequality and Social Justice Concentration


NOTES:

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Program Manager
  • Sales / Marketing Assistant
  • Social Science Research Assistant
  • Non-Profit Case Manager
  • Protective Services
  • Teaching

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$20,000 - $45,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 4

Total Credit Hours: 4

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 8 (Spring)


  • Foreign Language II Credit(s): 4
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 11 (Spring)


  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Apply for Graduation
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15

2 Year Plan of Study - Sociology B.A., with Inequality and Social Justice Concentration


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 2 (Spring)


  • Foreign Language II Credit(s): 4
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Major Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Free Elective Credit(s): 1

Total Credit Hours: 4

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Apply for Graduation
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3
  • General Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 15