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Sociology Pathway Guide


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Preparation for Transfer as a Sociology Major


The following sequences are suggested courses to take in your semesters prior to transferring to SMU as a sociology major. For students attending a Texas public community college or university, Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCNS) are listed.  If you are transferring from a college or university outside of Texas, click on the SMU course for a course description which may be used to select/compare courses at your current institution.

CC listings refer to SMU’s Common Curriculum, which all undergraduates are required to complete. Refer to the Common Curriculum Transfer Guide  for a list of courses satisfying CC components. Interactive equivalency guides organized by transfer institution are available on the Transfer and Transition Services’ website.

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Preparing for a Smooth Transfer


A seamless transfer to SMU and the Sociology program requires planning. This guide is designed to assist you in planning your transition.  Taking the time to prepare for your move lays the best foundation for success. The following are a few important points to remember:

  • The second language requirement of the Common Curriculum  may be satisfied by 1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, 2) placing out of four terms of world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or 3) being literate in a native language other than English.
  • SMU accepts AP scores of 4 or 5.
  • Work on the Common Curriculum  prior to transfer is highly encouraged.
  • Compare Course Descriptions  found in SMU’s University Catalog to course descriptions at your current institution to maximize your awarded transfer credits.
  • For additional information on the Sociology major, visit the department homepage or call 214-768-4937.
  • For more information about transferring to SMU, click here or call 214-768-3417.

B.S. in Sociology


SCHs = Semester Credit Hours

First Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10XX - First Year Writing I      ENGL 1301 3
STAT 2331 - Introduction to Statistical Methods  (students may take this course in the fall or spring of their first or second year) MATH 1342 3
CC Breadth Course - Creativity and Aesthetics Choose One: ARTS 1301, ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316 , ARTS 2326, ARTS 2333, ARTS 2346, ARTS 2356, DRAM 1351, HUMA 1315, MUSI 1306 3
CC Breadth Course - Historical Contexts Choose One: ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2321, HIST 2322  
World Language Course* 4
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10YY - First Year Writing II   ENGL 1302 3
SOCI 1300 - Introduction to Sociology   SOCI 1301 3
CC Breadth Course - Literary Analysis and Interpretation Choose One: ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333 3
CC Breadth Course - Social and Behavioral Sciences Choose One: ANTH 2351, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2371, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2319, SOCI 1301 3
World Language Course* 4
  SCHs 16

Second Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
CC Breadth Course - Exploring Science Choose One: BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, BIOL 1408, BIOL 1411, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, CHEM 1405, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, ENVR 1401, ENVR 1402, GEOL 1401, GEOL 1403, GEOL 1405, GEOL 1445, PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402, PHYS 1403, PHYS 1405, PHYS 1404, PHYS 1407, PHYS 1415, PHYS 1417, PHYS 2425, PHYS 2426 4
CC Breadth Course - Philosophical, Religious and Ethical Inquiry Choose One: PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306 3
Second major, minor or elective courses 9
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
SPCH 10XX SPCH 1315 3
CC Breadth Course - Technological Advances and Society Choose One: COSC 1301/1401, BCIS 1305, COSC 1309 3
Second major, minor or elective courses 9
  SCHs 15

B.A. in Sociology


SCHs = Semester Credit Hours

First Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10XX - First Year Writing I      ENGL 1301 3
CC Math Course  Choose One: MATH 1324, MATH 1332, MATH 1325, MATH 1425, MATH 2413, MATH 2320, MATH 1342, BUSN 2305 3
CC Breadth Course - Creativity and Aesthetics Choose One: ARTS 1301, ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316, ARTS 2326, ARTS 2333, ARTS 2346, ARTS 2356, DRAM 1351, HUMA 1315, MUSI 1306 3
CC Breadth Course - Historical Contexts Choose One: ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2321, HIST 2322  
World Language Course* 4
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10YY - First Year Writing II    ENGL 1302 3
SOCI 1300 - Introduction to Sociology  (students may take this course in the fall or spring of their first or second year) SOCI 1301 3
CC Breadth Course - Literary Analysis and Interpretation Choose One: ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333 3
CC Breadth Course - Social and Behavioral Sciences Choose One: ANTH 2351, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2371, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2319, SOCI 1301 3
World Language Course* 4
  SCHs 16

Second Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
CC Breadth Course - Exploring Science Choose One: BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, BIOL 1408, BIOL 1411, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, CHEM 1405, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, ENVR 1401, ENVR 1402, GEOL 1401, GEOL 1403, GEOL 1405, GEOL 1445, PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402, PHYS 1403, PHYS 1405, PHYS 1404, PHYS 1407, PHYS 1415, PHYS 1417, PHYS 2425, PHYS 2426 4
CC Breadth Course - Philosophical, Religious and Ethical Inquiry Choose One: PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306 3
Second major, minor or elective courses 9
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
SPCH 10XX SPCH 1315 3
CC Breadth Course - Technological Advances and Society Choose One: COSC 1301/1401, BCIS 1305, COSC 1309 3
Second major, minor or elective courses 9
  SCHs 15

Note


*The second language requirement may be satisfied by (1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, (2) placing out of four terms of a world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or (3) being literate in a native language other than English.

The Department of Sociology


The Department of Sociology  focuses exclusively on undergraduate education, offering a B.A. and B.S. in Sociology as well as an interdisciplinary Markets and Culture, B.A.   Coursework covers topics ranging from nonprofit organizations to urban life to contemporary issues in the southwest.

Sociological Research


Faculty and students maintain active research agendas, including the West Dallas Community Research Project, which studies the availability of food in the community of West Dallas.  Using sociological research methods and appropriate data (including archives, newspapers, photography, interviews, digital mapping and participant observation), students study all food sources in the community, including food available from retail outlets, in restaurants, through public and social service programs, and food that is produced and/or processed by heavy industry.  The data is used to consider sociological issues such as inequality and economic development.

Majoring in Sociology


The Sociology Department offers three majors:

The curriculum for the B.A. in Sociology  includes courses on research design, data analysis, and social theory. In addition, elective courses focus on developing an understanding of what explains current domestic and international social conditions. The B.A. in Sociology  gives majors a competitive advantage in fields that rely heavily upon an understanding of group differences and analytic thinking and writing.

The curriculum for the B.S. in Sociology  requires students to complete additional courses in social theory, statistics and advanced research methods. The B.S. in Sociology  gives majors a competitive advantage in fields that rely heavily upon social research.

The curriculum for the B.A. in Markets and Culture  provides students with an opportunity to learn about the world’s marketplaces from an interdisciplinary vantage point. Students take core courses in the innovative field of economic sociology and learn basic skills in accounting, data base management, and business writing. In addition, students focus their elective courses in one of three tracks comprised of classes from a variety of disciplines: management and organizations, political economy and development, and consumers and markets in cultural contexts. More information on the major can be found in the Markets and Culture Pathway Guide .

Minoring in Sociology


Students may obtain a Minor in Sociology  by completing a total of 15 credit hours in upper division sociology courses.

SMU Degree


A degree from SMU is typically comprised of a minimum of 120 hours, 60 of which must be completed through SMU, 42 of which must be in courses at the 3000 and higher levels. Components of the degree include:

  • Courses in your major.
  • Courses required for the Common Curriculum (CC) .  
  • Elective courses.  These electives may be used to add a second major or minor.

The Common Curriculum (CC)


The Common Curriculum is required of all undergraduate students and consists of three main components: 

  1. Foundations - 6 hours of Writing courses, 3 hours of Quantitative Reasoning courses, proficiency in a second language. 
  2. Breadth - 7 Breadth courses which may double count with majors and minors.
  3. Proficiencies and Experiences - 8 Proficiencies and Experiences requirements, met through coursework or approved, noncredit activities.                                                                                                                           

NOTE: If you transfer with 23 or fewer credit hours and/or transfer in your first year out of high school, transfer work earned prior to high school graduation (dual/concurrent credit) will not satisfy CC requirements.

 

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