123 Credit Hours


The Sociology major at Carolina University trains students to apply the sociological imagination to the world around them as they examine the relationship between social forces and individual thoughts and behavior. Sociology majors will develop strong critical thinking skills, discover multiple theoretical perspectives, and learn to analyze data in order to inform social programs, policy, and justice initiatives. Students of sociology will also have the opportunity to engage in hands-on research projects with professors and practical experience in related professions. A degree in sociology prepares students for a broad range of careers, including those in social services, the criminal justice system, and human resources, as well as graduate and professional education.

A Bachelor of Arts in Sociology will require the completion of a minimum of 50 hours of credit in designated courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Think sociologically and critically
  • Identify and describe the major sociological theoretical frameworks
  • Articulate the primary sociological research methods
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of social inequality and social institutions
  • Imagine how sociological research can facilitate social change

Admissions Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended schools
  • Completed application with Carolina University

Graduation Requirements

In order to become a candidate for graduation, a student:

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at CU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C;
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Carolina University.


36 Credit Hours
33 Credit Hours

Professional Core (18 Credit Hours)

Professional Electives* (Choose 33 Credit Hours)

3 Credit Hours

*Students must complete an additional 33 credit hours (this change from 36 still requires 51 hours in the major, but 3 are moved from elective to core courses) of elective courses within the major or cross-listed course offerings. At least 9 elective credit hours must be from substantive sociological courses (i.e. not experiential or research-based credit) using the SOC prefix.