2019-20 Academic Catalog 
    May 17, 2024  
2019-20 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, BA

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About the Program

Apply Now We study society, the social worlds in which you live! Through research and publication, in-class teaching, and out-of-the-classroom experiences, sociology faculty at PNW reach out in the best tradition of our discipline’s sociological analysis and community commitment. Students get prepared for a variety of careers both in and outside of the social sciences.

Sociology and criminal justice students create a variety of careers, including: social and case management services; business and marketing; education and teaching; law enforcement and corrections; government; health services; advocacy; and social research.  Many of our graduates also go on to pursue graduate degrees in sociology, medicine, and human services.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for ENGL 10400 and all Foreign Language courses; C- required for BHS 10300, SOC 10000, and SOC 22000
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (31 Credits)

CHESS College Core (36 Credits)

  • Modern Language (12 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Individual and Society (3 Credits)
  • Literature and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)
  • Social Ethics (3 Credits)
  • United States Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Western Heritage (3 Credits)

For courses that meet these requirements, please see the CHESS College Core list .

Other Required Courses (20 Credits)

  • Free Electives (20 Credits):  These credit hours can be used to fulfil Minor requirements

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for ENGL 10400 and all Foreign Language courses; C- required for BHS 10300, SOC 10000, 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. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

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

Semester 2 (15 Credits)

Semester 3 (15 Credits)

Semester 4 (15 Credits)

Semester 5 (15 Credits)

Semester 6 (15 Credits)

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (14 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Modern Language Requirement:

  • Modern Language Level I - Choose from SPAN 10100, FR 10100, GER 10100, or JPNS 10100
  • Modern Language Level II - Choose from SPAN 10200, FR 10200, GER 10200, or JPNS 10200
  • Modern Language Level III - Choose from SPAN 20100, FR 20100, GER 20100, or JPNS 20100
  • Modern Language Level IV - Choose from SPAN 20200, FR 20200, GER 20200, or JPNS 20200

Must complete 4 semesters of the same foreign language.

Note 2:  Sociology Elective 30000 or above - SOC 30100-Sociology of International Change; SOC 30600-Methods in Human Services; SOC 31400-Race & Ethnic Relations; SOC 30700-Field Experience in Human Services (E X L); SOC 34000-General Social Psychology; SOC 34300-Intro to the Criminal Justice System; SOC 35000-Social Psychology of Marriage; SOC 36100-The Institution of Social Welfare; SOC 36400-Child & Family Welfare; SOC 41100-Social Stratification; SOC 42100-Juvenile Delinquency; SOC 42200-Criminology; SOC 43000-Sociology of Aging; SOC 43100-Services for the Aged; SOC 44000-Sociology of Health & Illness; SOC 44300-Field Experience in Criminal Justice (E X L); SOC 46000-Field Experience in Gerontology (E X L); SOC 49100-Topics in Sociology.


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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