B.A. in Sociology

Required Courses

Total Credits: 32 - These include four required core courses (14 credits) and 18 credits of electives (normally six courses). The student must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses that count toward the major. Pass/Fail courses do not count toward the major. At least 16 major credits must be earned in courses taken at UMBC.

Core Requirements:

SOCY 101: Basic Concepts in Sociology [3]
SOCY 300: Methodology of Social Research [4] (prereq-MATH GEP with a C or better)
SOCY 301: Analysis of Sociological Data [4] (prereq-SOCY 300 with a C & pass statistical readiness test)
SOCY 409: Sociological Theory [3]

SOCY 300 & 301 Policy-Important for all majors!

Students are strongly encouraged to complete all advanced required courses (SOCY 300, SOCY 301, SOCY 409) before their last semester at UMBC. These courses should be taken at UMBC. Although exceptions are rare, if you would like to petition for another course to substitute for a required course, bring the syllabus to the Sociology Undergraduate Coordinator who will determine whether the courses are equivalent.

Elective Requirements:

Eighteen credits of sociology or anthropology courses with a grade of "C" or better, excluding SOCY 396 and any other Pass/Fail courses. A maximum of six credits in anthropology may count toward this requirement.

Please refer to the UMBC Undergraduate Catalog for further information on the course description and pre-requisites for the courses.

» SOCY Major PDF checklist

Transfer Credits

Students must take at least 16 credits of Sociology courses at UMBC to qualify for the major. Courses taken at other colleges are first examined by the Registrar's office for approval for UMBC credit. The sociology/anthropology department will then determine if a course can count toward the major. Approval of a sociology or anthropology courses taken elsewhere for UMBC credit by the registrar does not automatically give it credit towards the major or minor in sociology.

If a student plans to take a class at another college, they should first discuss it with the registrar and their advisor to be sure that the courses will receive credit towards the anthropology major or minor at UMBC. Never take the equivalent of SOCY 300, SOCY 301 or SOCY 409 at another college without your advisor's prior approval. If you want to take a course at another institution in your last 30 credits at UMBC, you will need a waiver to do so. Courses in social service, social work, criminal justice, or religion are not sociology or anthropology courses and will not be given credit.

Please refer to the Registrar's office for forms and further information on transferring credits.