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Sociology, BA

Offered in: CHICAGO

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


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

  SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology .....3
  SOC 210 Contemporary Social Issues -OR- (see SOC 211) .....3
  SOC 211 Contemporary Global Issues -OR- (see SOC 210) .....3
  SOC 290 The Research Process .....3
  SOC 303 The Development of Sociology .....3
One other 300-level course, chosen with an advisor from the list below, that specifically addresses social inequality
  SOC 317 Race and the City .....3
  SOC 320 Sociology of Inequality .....3
  SOC 327 Race and Ethnic Relations .....3
  SOC 331 Criminology .....3
  SOC 340 Gender and Society .....3
  SOC 342 Global Race .....3
  SOC 344 Sociology of Globalization .....3
  SOC 351 Prison Industrial Complex .....3
  SOC 355 Urban Inequality and Social Justice .....3
  SOC 360 The Body .....3


  Six electives, at least three at the 300 level .....18

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

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3


  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9


  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western Requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU Mission-Related Course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

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

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester 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)