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Grand Valley State University    
  Mar 19, 2018
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Sociology

Requirements for a Major in Sociology

Students majoring in sociology are required to complete at least 36 credit hours in the department, to satisfy the requirements of the BA or BS cognate and to produce a major portfolio. The 36 credit hours will include 15 hours of core credit and 21 credit hours of electives chosen from four different areas of sociology. The BA cognate is 3rd semester proficiency in a foreign language. The BS cognate consists of CS 150, STA 215, STA 216.

Electives: 21 credit hours

21 credit hours (seven courses) at least one from each category. No more than 6 credits at the 200 level. A second theory course (SOC 400 or 401) may count as an elective. SOC 399, SOC 499, and SOC 380 may fulfill an elective requirement.



Organizations, Institutions, Occupations


Cognate Degrees


  • Third-semester language proficiency.

The Major Portfolio

Students majoring in Sociology assemble Portfolios of four papers that demonstrate their sociological understanding and skills at three points in their undergraduate study of Sociology: at the beginning, at about the middle, and at the completion of their major. The Sociology Portfolio is important to you in both the short and the long term. In the short term the portfolio gives you the opportunity to take control and responsibility for the shape and direction of your own education as you reflect on your progress at important points in your academic career. The portfolio provides to you a tangible foundation as you prepare for life after graduation whether that be employment in the public or private sector, the pursuit of graduate studies, or some other alternative you have not yet even considered! In the long term the portfolio is your contribution to improving and maintaining the quality of your major program, and to the continued accreditation of the University from which you will receive your Bachelor’s Degree. We also hope that you will become more aware of your own development as a sociologist and thus better understand the knowledge and skills you have gained by participating in the portfolio system.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Sociology

First Year

*201 and 200-level SOC electives without prerequisites will fulfill major and general education requirements.

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Sociology Program Description

Click here for the program description.