Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Sociology applies the methods of social science to understand how broader social forces influence our thoughts, beliefs and behavior. It provides an important background for careers in human resources, education, business, law, social work, criminal justice, politics, arts, sports, and public administration. Students may select from a broad range of courses related to contemporary issues and problems; inter-group relations, popular culture, social movements and social change, modernity and post-modernity, family patterns and relationships, sexuality, crime and deviance, environmental and social problems, globalization, and field experiences.
Key Guidelines for Undergraduate Students
Sociology Capstone Requirement
The sociology department has changed the capstone requirement for the sociology major.
Starting in Fall 2016, sociology majors will be able to choose between two "tracks" to complete the capstone requirement, a regular track and a honors track.
The Bachelor's Degree Program in Sociology offers the option of online completion
If students have completed 60 credits at UCCS, or transfer in with an AA, they will be able to complete their Bachelor of Arts at UCCS in sociology completely online. Alternatively, students who reside in the Colorado Springs area also have the option to take a combination of online and evening/weekend courses to complete the degree.
Sociology / West Double Major
The Sociology and WEST departments offer a program for students interested in majoring in both disciplines.
The dual degree program in Sociology and Criminal Justice is designed to make it easier for students to complete degrees in these two majors (in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and School of Public Affairs, respectively)
Students in the dual degree program need only take 25 credits in Criminal Justice and 34 credits in Sociology (instead of 39 and 37 credits, respectively) to complete the major requirements for both degrees.
There are Five Certificate Options are offered through the Sociology Department at UCCS.
- Certificate in Criminology and Justice Studies
- Certificate in Sociology of Diversity
- Certificate in Disability Studies
- Undergraduate Certificate in Family and Child Studies
- Certificate in Social Dimensions of Health and Health Care
Sociology Undergraduate Degree Options
It is the responsibility of each student to know and follow all Academic policies established by the University and the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (LAS) that are set forth in the Catalog (catalog.uccs.edu). Course Prerequisites Students are responsible for knowing and completing all course prerequisites. Course prerequisites are strictly enforced for all classes at UCCS.
Advising Guides have been developed as a supplemental advising tool for students. Please use this link to reference the requirements you will need to follow. The requirements will depend on the student's "catalog year" or the year he or she began their study at UCCS. For further information, contact an advisor by phone (719) 255-3260 or go to UCCS Student Success to access your Advising Guide for Sociology. After clicking on the Advising Guides link, please navigate first to College of Letters Arts and Sciences, then Sociology Advising Guides.
Sociology Core Student Learning Outcomes - BA
- To demonstrate critical thinking.
- By graduation, students will be able to write in a clear, logical manner.
- By graduation, the students will be able to clearly express sociological knowledge in verbal communication.
- To understand, analyze, and assess social experience and behavior, using the core theoretical perspectives in sociology.
- To collect, analyze, and interpret sociological data effectively.
- To understand key social phenomena of deviance, globalization, social change, multiculturalism, structural inequality, and the intersections of race, class, gender, and other forms of stratification.
We study criminal justice, race and crime, law and society, juvenile delinquency, drugs, youth gangs, restorative justice, and at-risk youth.
We study development, global feminism, food security, and social movements.