May 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, B.A.

(CIP = 45.1101 - Track 2 of 2)
Total Degree Hours: 120

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.

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.


Required Supporting Courses for the Major: 3 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 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).

Note: SYG 2000  may be replaced with an upper level sociology elective if a total of 12 or more hours of sociology coursework is completed before declaring a Sociology major.

Major Electives (24 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.

Grading Requirement

Only courses in which a grade of “C-” or better is attained will count toward the minimum hours.

Residency Requirement

At least 27 of the 36 hours of coursework in Sociology must be USF Tampa credits.

Research Opportunities

To register for Individual Research (SYA 4910 ) students must make arrangements with the individual faculty member with whom they wish to take the course well in advance of the semester in which the course will be taken. Departmental approval of the contract agreed upon by the student and faculty is required before the student can register for the course.

The department also offers a course, on a limited basis, Sociological Research Experience (SYA 4304 ). If the course is scheduled to be offered, please contact the instructor listed for approval to be admitted to the course.

Internship Opportunities

The Sociology Internship (SYA 4949 ) is offered if the student is concurrently enrolled in “Disability and Society” (SYO 4430 ), “Sustainable Consumption” (SYD 4512 ), 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 undergraduate program director ( for further guidance and information. This course 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:

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 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 before completing the application.

Advising Information

Students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to talk with the Sociology Department undergraduate advisor when they have questions about major requirements or about which electives offered each semester would best meet their educational and career goals.

Shani Garza, Cooper Hall (CPR) 364, (813) 974-9249 or Brandon Kroll, Cooper Hall (CPR) 235, (813) 974-6893.

Sociology Faculty

Chairperson: James Cavendish; Associate Chairperson: L. Graham; Professors: E. Aranda, R. Benford, D. Jacobson, D. Loseke, M. Mayberry, J. Skvoretz; Associate Professors: J. Cavendish, S. Crawley, J. Friedman, L. Graham, C. Greek, S. Green, M. Kleiman, M. Kusenbach, C. Ponticelli, W. Tyson, E. Hordge-Freeman; Assistant Professors: S. Bingham; Beatriz Padilla; Instructors: C. Partin, E. Toothman; Professors Emeriti: E. Nesman, D. Stamps, R. Wheeler.

Plan of Study

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