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Markets and Culture Pathway Guide

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Preparation for Transfer as a Markets and Culture Major

The following sequences are suggested courses to take in your semesters prior to transferring to SMU as a markets and culture 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 Transition

A seamless transfer to SMU and the Markets and Culture 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 Markets and Culture major, visit the Department of Sociology website or call 214-768-4937.
  • For more information about transferring to SMU, click here or call 214-768-3417.

B.A. in Markets and Culture

SCHs = Semester Credit Hours

First Year

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 3
World Language Course* 4
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10YY - First Year Writing II  ENGL 1302 3
ENGL 2302 - Business Writing  if available   3
SPCH 10XX SPCH 1315 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

ACCT 2301 - Introduction to Financial Accounting  (Note: If ACCT 2301 is not taken or not able to be taken at the pre-matriculation institution, students will also need to take the relevant prerequisite courses: ECO 1311, ECO 1312, and MATH 1337 or MATH 1309, as well as ECO 1311 and ECO 1312 in order to take ECO 3355 at SMU.) ACCT 2301 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 - 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
Second major, minor or elective courses 6
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
SOCI 2377 - Introduction to Markets and Culture  if available (students are required to take this course at SMU)   3
CC Breadth Course - Philosophical, Religious and Ethical Inquiry Choose One: PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306 3
CC Breadth Course - Technological Advances and Society Choose One: COSC 1301/1401, BCIS 1305, COSC 1309 3
Second major, minor or elective courses 6
  SCHs 15


*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.

Markets and Culture

Grasp how changing economic and social practices shape the world’s marketplaces by studying Markets and Culture. The dynamics of markets and the factors influencing production, distribution and consumption in the United States and globally are examined from many perspectives. Multidisciplinary in scope, the major brings insights from accounting, anthropology, computer science, economics, English, foreign languages, history, political science, psychology and sociology.

The curriculum features coursework that fosters innovative thinking. Students take core courses in the innovative field of economic sociology and learn basic skills in accounting, database 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.

Knowledge gained provides powerful ammunition to understand the economic and cultural complexities of globalization and to succeed in an ever-evolving transnational world. Majors in Markets and Culture can pursue a double major or minor in a wide variety of disciplines, such as economics, international studies, business, foreign languages, history, English, anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology.  

Markets and Culture majors generally work in corporate industries that contribute to the global economy, or for government and non-governmental economic organizations.

With faculty from many disciplines, Markets and Culture majors benefit from a variety of viewpoints and experiences. Classes are small enough to provide personal attention as well as opportunities to be involved in hands-on research.

Majoring in Markets and Culture

To earn a B.A. in Markets and Culture , students must complete 30 hours of core coursework and 12 hours of electives. Students must receive at least a C- and meet a minimum GPA of 2.000 in required coursework. Prior to declaring a major in Markets and Culture, students must achieve a grade of C or better in SOCI 2377 - Introduction to Markets and Culture .

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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