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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology Honors, BA

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About the Program

The objectives of the Sociology Honors Program are to recognize outstanding majors in this discipline and provide them with a unique opportunity to engage in sociological research. Participation in the Honors Program involves enrolling in SOC 497H (Senior Honors Seminar) in the spring semester of one’s junior year and SOC 498H (Senior Honors Paper) the following fall semester of one’s senior year. Those successfully completing the two courses will be awarded Departmental Honors in Sociology which will be noted on their official Purdue University transcript.

SOC 497H is a small seminar in which students actively discuss theory and research dealing with a current sociological issue. Recent topics have included the courts, sociology of family relations, society and modern technologies, race and ethnicity, and media and politics.

Please visit Sociology Honors for more information.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.

Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.

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Departmental/Program Major Courses (39 credits)

Requirement B - Select 7 courses from among the following (21 credits)

There MUST be at least one (1) course per Area; and at least 3 hours MUST be at the 50000-level.

Area 1, 2, or 3 (12 credits)

Requirement C - Sociology Honors (6 credits)

 Must take the following and earn a “B” or better .

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)

  • ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition (UCC: Written Communication)
  • or

  • ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition (UCC: Written Communication)

  • COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication (UCC: Oral Communication)  
  • Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) (UCC: Humanities) - Credits Hours: 12.00
  • Mathematics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Statistics (UCC: Quantitative Reasoning) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • United States Tradition (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if POL 10100  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Other Cultures (UCC: Behavioral Social Science - if ANTH 20500 was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if PHIL 27000  or POL 22300  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Global Perspective (UCC: Science, Technology & Society - if HIST 38400  or HIST 38700  was taken) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences (UCC: Science - requires 6 credits) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00

Electives (24 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

Fall 1st Year

15 Credits

Spring 1st Year

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

  • Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SOC B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SOC B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SOC B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ B (50000 Level) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • SOC 49800 - Senior Honors Paper ♦  (B or higher)
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • Global Perspectives - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • REQ B - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Individual & Society - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Students must earn a “C-“or better in all major courses. Double majors in Law & Society and Sociology are NOT allowed.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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