2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Jan 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Sociology, BA

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About the Program

Apply Now The sociology major is designed to provide a broad understanding of the discipline of sociology—the social scientific study of society and human behavior—and how to apply sociological knowledge in practice. It prepares students for a variety of careers, including those in social services, as well as personal and civic life in general.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C- required for ENGL 10400 and 10500, BHS 10300, all Foreign Language courses, and SOC 22000
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

CHESS College Core (24 Credits)

Other Required Courses (36 Credits)

  • Free Electives (36 Credits):  Any twelve (12) courses. These credit hours can be used to fulfil Minor requirements

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C- required for ENGL 10400 and 10500, all Foreign Language courses, BHS 10300, and SOC 22000; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 1 (15 Credits)

Semester 2 (15 Credits)

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

  • Free Elective/Minor Requirement
  • Free Elective/Minor Requirement
  • Sociology Elective - 30000-level or above (See Note 1)
  • Sociology Elective - 30000-level or above (See Note 1)
  • Sociology Elective - 30000-level or above (See Note 1)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1:  Sociology Elective 30000 or above - SOC 30100-Sociology of International Change; SOCC 30300—Sociology of Violence; SOC 30600-Methods in Human Services; SOC 31000-Race & Ethnic Diversity (replaces SOC 31400-Race and Ethnic Relations); SOC 30700-Field Experience in Human Services (EL); SOC 31501-Gender and Society ;SOC 31700-Sociology of Sex and Sexuality; SOC 32400-Criminology; SOC 34000-General Social Psychology; SOC 34300-Intro to the Criminal Justice System; SOC 35000-Sociology of Family (formerly Social Psychology of Marriage); SOC 35201-Drugs, Culture, and Society; SOC 36100-The Institution of Social Welfare; SOC 36400-Child & Family Welfare; SOC 36500-Constructing American Families; SOC 36700-Religion in America; SOC 37300-Gender and Interaction (soon to be titled Social Psychology of Gender); SOC 39100—Selected Topics in Sociology; SOC 40300-Sociology of Developing Countries in Era of Globalization; SOC40500-Power, Social Control and the Media; SOC 41100-Social Inequality (formerly Social Stratification); SOC 42100-Juvenile Delinquency; SOC 42600—Social Deviance and Control; SOC 43000-Sociology of Aging; SOC 43100-Services for the Aged; SOC 44000-Sociology of Health & Illness; SOC 45300—Intimate Violence; SOC 46000-Field Experience in Gerontology (EL); SOC 49100-Topics in Sociology

Note 2:  A proficiency through level IV in one world language is required

Note 3:  All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000, and CHSS 40000, must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed




The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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