Department of Sociology

Departmental Office
Chilton Hall, 390
P.O. Box 311157
Denton, TX 76203-1157
(940) 565-2296

Sociology Degree Planning Office
Chilton Hall, 390
(940) 565-4664

Dale E. Yeatts, Interim Chair


Professors Esterchild, Eve, Kitchens, Seward. Associate Professors Neal, Rodeheaver, Yeatts. Assistant Professors Jones, Lawson, Williamson, Yancey.


The sociology program offers courses introducing the student to the study of human social interaction and organization, ranging from the individual in small groups to entire societies. Areas of special attention include marriage and the family, urban sociology, developing societies, medical sociology, population, social problems, social psychology, aging, inequality and race, class and gender.

The program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in a number of fields, including research, education, probation, law enforcement, aging and government. A minor in sociology provides useful background for those pursuing a degree in such areas as business, psychology, art, communications, education and music.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Sociology Degree Requirements

1. Hours for Degree: Completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours, 42 of which must be advanced.

2. General University Requirements: See "General University Requirements " in the Academic section of this catalog.

3. University Core Curriculum : Minimum 47 hours.

4. Major Requirements:

5. Other Requirements:

Maximum of 36 hours of correspondence, extension, credit by examination and/or military service credit is allowed toward degree.

DRED (Traffic Safety) courses may not be used to satisfy any portion of a degree in sociology.

Major in Sociology

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.

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Summary of Degree Requirements:

Sociology: 30

English 6
Mathematics 3
Natural Sciences 8
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Humanities 3
U.S. History 6
Political Science 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Wellness 3
Communication 3
Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies 3

Electives (18 hours advanced): 40-47

Supplemental Information for BA with a Major in Sociology

Students who plan graduate work in sociology are encouraged to take SOCI 1520, 2010, 3000, 3300, 3330, 4160 and/or 4340.

Minor in Sociology

A minor in sociology requires a minimum of 18 hours, including 6 advanced and SOCI 1510.

Degree Plan

Degree plans are worked out in consultation with the School of Community Service Advising Office. Call (940) 565-4664.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach sociology in secondary schools must meet the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed in the College of Education section of this catalog. This will include all sociology courses that are required and recommended above.

Graduate Degrees

Master's and doctoral degree programs are available in sociology. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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