B.A. in Sociology - College of Mount Saint Vincent
Department of Sociology

B.A. in Sociology

Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Sociology requires 120 course credits, including:

College Core Requirements 46 credits*
Sociology Major 30 credits
Major Core Courses 12 credits
SOC 307 Survey Research OR
SOC 350 Social Science Research Methods
(3 credits)
SOC 313 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
SOC 324 Sociological Theories (3 credits)
SOC 416 Seminar in Sociology (3 credits)
Area of Concentration Courses 18 credits
Open Electives 44 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

*No more than two core courses in Sociology may be counted toward the Sociology major. 

 Area of Concentration Courses:

  • General Sociology
    • Four major required courses (12 credits)
    • Six major elective courses (18 credits)
  • Urban Studies 
    • Four major required courses (12 credits)
    • SOC 305 – Urban Sociology (3 credits)
    • SOC 315 – Urban Planning (3 credits)
    • SOC 345 – NYC Ethnic Communities (3 credits)
    • Three major electives (9 credits)
  • Social Service/Social Work
    • Four major required courses (12 credits)
    • SOC 312 – Social Work Practice (3 credits)
    • SOC 321 – Social Policy (3 credits)
    • SOC 323 – Intro to Social Work (3 credits)
    • SOC 375 – Internship (3 credits)
    • Two major electives (6 credits)
  • Criminology and Justice
    • Four major required courses (12 credits)
    • SOC 309 – Criminology (3 credits)
    • SOC 369 – Current Controversies in Crime and Justice (3 credits)
    • Out of the following (3 credits):
      • SOC 310 Sociology of Deviance
      • SOC 361 Foundations of Justice
      • SOC 362 Organized Crime
      • SOC 364 Criminal Law and Society
      • SOC 365 Police and Society
      • SOC 366 White Collar Crime

Sample Program

Recommended Courses
The best slate of courses for any of the concentrations will depend on the individual student, in consultation with the faculty members of the department.

B.A. in Sociology (General Sociology Concentration)

Year 1

FYE 101 The First-Year Experience 1 credit
ENGL 110 Writing in Context I (fall) 3 credits
ENGL 120 Writing in Context II (spring) 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 3 credits
Core Classes 15 credits
Sociology Core Course 3 credits
Sociology Upper Level Elective 3 credits
TOTAL 31 credits

Year 2

Core Courses 18 credits
SOC 313 Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits
Upper Level Sociology Elective 3 credits
Sociology Concentration Course 3 credits
Open Electives 3 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Year 3

Core Courses 6 credits
SOC 324 Sociological Theories 3 credits
Sociology Concentration Courses 3 credits
Sociology Upper Level Elective 3 credits
Open Electives 12 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Year 4

SOC 307 Survey Research or
SOC 350 Social Science Research Methods
3 credits
SOC 416 Senior Seminar 3 credits
Open Electives 23 credits
TOTAL 29 credits

Total credits for Graduation: 120