Apr 02, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology Major (BA)

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Department of Sociology Major - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the UNLV Department of Sociology web page at www.unlv.edu/sociology/admissions for information about department programs, faculty, and facilities.  Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/ba-sociology.

Please see advising information at the UNLV Department of Sociology Undergraduate Advising at liberalarts.unlv.edu/WAC/


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Learning Outcomes

The sociology graduate will have knowledge of:

  1. the key concepts, debates, and trends in sociology
  2. the major sociological paradigms and theories
  3. the variety of methods used in sociological research
    Sociology students will be able to:
  4. Show evidence of the development of a sociological imagination by applying sociological knowledge in their own projects—whether intellectual, personal, and/or political.
  5. Exhibit confidence in expressing ideas orally and in writing.

University Graduation Requirements

Sociology Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 36-38 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement: Credits: 18-19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 credits
    • Two 3-credit courses in the humanities
    • One 3-credit course in fine arts.
  • Social Science
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirement
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking - 9-10 credits
    • Two courses from life and physical sciences category; at least one must have a lab.
    • Analytical Thinking - 3 credits 

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

Major Requirements - BA in Sociology - Subtotal: 82-84 Credits

(see note 1 and 2 below)

Degree Requirements: 18

Social Science - Credits: 9

Fine Arts - Credits: 3

Foreign Language/Foreign Culture - Credits: 6

Total Credits: 120


  1. Unless otherwise specified, either   or   serves as a prerequisite for all other sociology courses at the 200-, 300-, or 400- level.
  2. See the department or the Wilson Advising Center for a list of courses that meet the College of Liberal Arts and the University curriculum requirements. 

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