Sociology, BA

Offered in: Chicago

Sociology is the systematic study of human behavior or society, particularly its development, organization, and institutions. As a social science, it uses various empirical methods of inquiry to investigate and analyze social order, conflict, and change.

Many sociologists conduct research aimed at directly influencing social policy or at refining and applying the current body of sociological theory to empower community activists, working for justice. Subjects studied range from the micro level of individual behavior and agency to interaction between social groups both large and small to the macro level of social structures. Training in sociology is valued as preparation for graduate work in many professions, as well as careers in nonprofits, state and local government, and business.

The curriculum in Sociology has been designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of human society and to provide enough flexibility for students to pursue areas of individual career or personal interest. 

Students may seek a bachelor's or master's degree in Sociology or may pursue the Accelerated BA/MA at Roosevelt University.

Requirements

Sociology majors must complete at least 33 credit hours of work in the discipline. Transfer students must take a minimum of five courses (15 credit hours) in Sociology at Roosevelt University, including at least 12 credit hours at the 300 level.  All majors must complete the core courses listed below.

Minimum grade of C- in the major, with an overall GPA of 2.0

CORE
SOC 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
Select One of the Following 3
CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL ISSUES
CONTEMPORARY GLOBAL ISSUES
CONTEMPORARY URBAN ISSUES
SOC 290THE RESEARCH PROCESS3
SOC 303THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIOLOGY3
ELECTIVES
Select up to three courses at the 200 level 10-9
SUMMER IN THE CITY
THE FAMILY
SPORTS AND SOCIETY
THE SOCIOLOGY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIETY
MCDONALDIZATION OF SOCIETY
SOCIAL DEVIANCE
CROSS-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIETY AND THE INDIVIDUAL
Select at least four courses at the 300 level12-21
RACE & THE CITY
SOCIAL CHANGE
THE SOCIOLOGY OF INEQUALITY
BLACK & WHITE RACIAL IDENTITY
RACE, GENDER & THE MASS MEDIA
RACE & ETHNIC RELATIONS
WHITENESS IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY
CRIMINOLOGY
SOCIOLOGY OF DEATH, DYING & LOSS
GLOBAL CHICAGO
GLOBAL RACE
PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
GENDER, POWER, & THE BODY
SOCIAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE
Electives
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12087
Total Credit Hours120
1

 Must be 300 level, chosen with an advisor, that specifically addresses social inequality

For further details about programs and courses in Sociology or to set up an appointment to discuss the program, please contact: Pamela M. Robert, chair and associate professor of Sociology, at (312)341-3737 or probert@roosevelt.edu.

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)