May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology B.A., with Identity and Community Concentration

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Sociology B.A.

Plans of Study

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 - College of Arts & Sciences

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Graduation Requirements - College of Arts and Sciences

Satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • Students must complete all State and University level graduation requirements.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in USF coursework. Note: Some Departments/program/major require a higher GPA. Students should refer to Department/program/major specific catalog requirements.
    • The College may approve an exception when a student has successfully earned the minimum grade required for all courses applied in the major but does not have a major GPA of 2.0.
  • Physical Education coursework is limited to two (2) semester hours.
  • ROTC courses that are primarily physical training and field experiences will not be applied to College of Arts and Sciences degree programs. All other military Science coursework will apply, in particular, coursework utilized toward completing an established ROTC minor will be applied to the total hours toward degree.
  • ​When earning a second degree, double major or concurrent degree, the Major Core and Major Elective/Concentration areas of the degree audit must not overlap for both degrees.  All other areas of the degree audit may have overlapping credit hours applied.
  • Maximum of 20 hours of S/U option. S/U contracts must be negotiated in writing within the first three (3) weeks of the term. None of the 20 credits may be taken in the student’s major unless S/U is the only grading option. Coursework fulfilling the General Education Core Curriculum Requirements and the State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) may not be taken S/U.
  • The Audit option is available only during the first 5 days of classes.
  • Complete all major course requirements.
  • College of Arts and Sciences students are expected to complete a minimum of 50% of their major and/or minor coursework in residence at USF. Some College of Arts and Sciences Departments/programs/majors have established additional major course hours to be taken in residency at USF. See the major or program section of the catalog for these credit-hour requirements.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites- Sociology B.A.

Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program. 

Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites 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. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program. 

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 - 6 credit hours total

Supporting Required Course: 1 course; 3 credit hours

The following course is a prerequisite and supporting course for this major.  The degree will not be awarded if this course has not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

Required Courses: (36 credit hours)

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

Major Core Courses: 4 courses; 12 credit hours

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

General Sociology Program or Concentration Requirement

Sociology majors may choose to complete a General Sociology program of study OR an optional area of concentration below by completing one required course and three elective courses (all with a grade of C- or better) listed within the area selected.

Identity and Community Concentration: 8 courses; 24 credit hours

The Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences offers an optional area of concentration in “Identity and Community” for Sociology majors. Courses included in this area of concentration focus on the changing relationships among individuals and their communities in light of technological advances, globalization, environmental crises, political developments, and social problems. 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: 1 course; 3 credit hours

Concentration Electives: 7 courses; 21 credit hours

Select nine (9) credit hours of coursework from the list below.

The remaining 12 hours of Sociology coursework may be comprised of any upper-level courses offered by the Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences department.

Additional Information - Sociology B.A.

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.

Internship Opportunities

The Sociology Internship (SYA 4949 - Sociological Internship ) is offered if the student is concurrently enrolled in SYO 4430 - Disability and Society SYD 4512 - Sustainable Consumption , and a few other specific courses, and only with permission of the instructor of that course. If you are interested in an internship connected to a specific course, please contact the Intership Coordinator, Dr. Brian Turnbull, at for further guidance and information. 

This course (SYA 4949 - Sociological Internship ) is taught as an S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) grade and only for 1-3 credit hours. Further information about Service Internship opportunities can be found on the Sociology department’s webpage at

Optional Honors Program

Through the Undergraduate Honors Program, the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences 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, Erica Toothman at 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.
  5. Completed application submitted and approved by Dr. Erica Toothman, Undergraduate Program Director,

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).

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.

Advising Information

Undergraduate Advising Information

The College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Advising Team provides students with support to create timely graduation plans that will integrate both their academic and professional goals.  Each of our undergraduate programs has dedicated professional advisors with specialized knowledge and understanding of the major requirements, course offerings, undergraduate research, and career opportunities in their field.  Additionally, we have dedicated pre-health and prelaw advisors to help students prepare for admission to professional graduate programs.


CAS Academic Advisor Contact information can be found here: CAS Advisors

To schedule an advising appointment: Advising Appointments

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