Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
The Sociology Program Major is designed to provide students with a broad base of skills which would allow them to pursue careers in journalism, politics and government, public relations, business, criminal justice, social work and public administration. Additionally, the Sociology Major program will also provide training for those students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in Sociology and other related disciplines. Today, the study of social relations is basic to every type of human endeavor. Government planning, human service work, economic development, personnel management, and the many other activities of our modern world require an understanding of the social system and how individuals fit into it. The program in Sociology prepares the student for further graduate study or for entrance level positions involved with the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of human social behavior.
The general objectives of the Sociology minor are to enable a student to obtain the skills and theoretical concepts used to study individuals within social groups, the organization of groups, relations between groups, and the processes that maintain or change these social structures of familial, economic, and political life.
The learning objectives of the Sociology Program are based on those of the American Sociological Association. Graduating students must be able to demonstrate their understandings and application of:
Required Courses (21 credit hours): SO101, SO203, SO350, SO351, SO414, SO491 and MA385. Electives (21 credit hours) Twenty-one credit hours from 100, 200, 300, and 400 level courses in Sociology or program designated Sociology electives with nine (9) hours in an area of concentration. No fewer than six hours from the 400 level coursework towards completion of major requirements.
Area of Concentration (9 credit hours) Students must choose one (or more) areas of concentration and take no fewer than 9 hours in their area.
Major Concentrations and Required Courses
Gender and Family Studies: WG101, SO/WG230, SO342, SO445, SO455 and the following courses may also satisfy the major concentration if approved by the course instructor: SO480 or SO491, or SO498
Social Problems Studies: AN/SO/NU/SW344, SO202, SO221, SO302, SO386, SO411, SO418, AN421, PY440 and the following courses may also satisfy the major concentration if approved by the course instructor: SO480 or SO498.
Development Studies: PS304, SO332, GE/AN341, SO360, SO405/G, MI520, SO/GE475 and the following courses may also satisfy the major concentration if approved by the course instructor: SO480 or SO491 or SO498.
Required Courses (3 credit hours): SO101
Electives (15 credit hours) Sociology courses (200, 300, 400 level) six (6) credit hours of which must be at least 300-400 level.
*SEE - STUDENT ADVISEMENT SHEET GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS and include under Tier II - Direction Building (DB) – 9-11 credits – 1) CF, DF or UU as Pre-req (Can be within a declared Major) – SO203; 2) DF or Major
Exploration – SO350; 3) DF Exploration outside major requirement (May apply to a Minor
or 2nd Major) - MA151
Tier III – Capstone Experience – Major Capstone Experience: 1) Major Capstone Experience – SO491
Once a struggling high school student, now UOG's valedictorian
Japanese professor Masumi Kai publishes book on indigenous language preservation
Political science professor Arun Swamy authors pieces on nationalism in India
How one student overcame self-doubt in an intimidating career field
Alyssa Gordon wins Sociology Program's first-ever student award
How a study-abroad experience charted the course for Alumna Kristine Tuazon
Helping the homeless: How the University of Guam educates on the issue through action
Student artists bring Marine Lab walls to life
Anthropology major Artemia Perez promotes cultural preservation through community service
Dean Sellmann publishes papers on Chinese philosophy and political theory