May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, B.A.

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Sociology majors will learn to think critically, analyze social behaviors, communicate sociological knowledge, suggest innovative solutions to social problems, and become active agents of social justice.

Program Degree Regulations

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see College Degree Requirements) and the University Degree Requirements (see 1400 University Degree Requirements and Graduation).

University Grade-Point Average and Grade Requirements

Georgia State University undergraduate students must achieve an overall institutional grade-point average of 2.0 and a major GPA of 2.0 in Areas G and H to receive a bachelor’s degree from the university. Grades of C- can be used to satisfy graduation requirements. However, some courses have prerequisites that require a grade of C or higher. (See 1460 GPA Requirement for additional information.)

Degree Requirements

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18 Hours)

Required Courses (6 Hours)

Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F

Area G: Major Courses (30 Hours)

30 credit hours of 3000-4000 level courses are required for the general program.

Major Requirements (15 Hours)


  • Students who decide to major in Sociology after completing PSYC 3510  may use it for credit toward SOCI 3010 .
  • Students must take SOCI 3010  and SOCI 3020  in sequence, beginning with SOCI 3010 , and may not take these courses during the same term.
  • SOCI 3020  cannot be replaced with a research methods course from another discipline.
  • Student must be a senior to take SOCI 4990 , which has SOCI 3020  with a grade of C or higher as a prerequisite.

Select an additional 15 hours in sociology courses from the following (15 Hours)


Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Students majoring in sociology are not required to take a minor.
  2. Additional courses not in the major must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours.

Additional Opportunities

Sociology Club and Honor Society

The department sponsors a Sociology Club, which is an academic, social, and service organization. Interested students can find additional information on the university student organization website (

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This program offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the Undergraduate Studies Director for criteria for this honor.

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