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Bachelor of Arts

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements
The degree requirements for the Department of Sociology have recently changed. Therefore, the degree requirements vary slightly depending on when students declared their major in Sociology at the University of Colorado Denver.  Students who declared their major in Sociology before Fall 2014 can follow the “Original Degree Requirements” (#2 below). However, they may opt to adhere to the “New Degree Requirements” (#1 below) if they choose (they should notify the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor if they choose to do this).  Students who declared the Sociology major during or after Fall 2014, must adhere to the “New Degree Requirements” (#1 below).


Introduction to Sociology (SOCY 1001) - 3 credit hours
Inequalities in the Social World (SOCY 2001)*​ - 3 credit hours
Research Methods (SOCY 3111)* - 3 credit hours
Statistics (SOCY 3121)* - 4 credit hours
Sociological Theory (SOCY 3140)+ - 3 credit hours
Five (5) additional 3 credit hour Sociology electives

*These course must be taken at CU Denver

+Beginning Fall 2015, if you have not already taken SOCY 3150 & 3160, you can take SOCY 3140, Sociological Theory and 1 additional 3 credit hour elective.

2. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS prior to Fall 2014 – these are the degree requirements for students who declared a major in Sociology before Fall 2014.

Introduction to Sociology (SOCY 1001) - 3 credit hours
*Urban Sociology (SOCY 3001) - 3 credit hours
Research Methods (SOCY 3111) - 3 credit hours
Statistics (SOCY 3121) -  4 credit hours
History of Sociological Theory (SOCY 3150) - 3 credit hours
Contemporary Sociological Theory (SOCY 3160) - 3 credit hours
Five (5) additional 3 credit hour Sociology electives​

Elective Courses

In addition to the required courses, you will choose 15-29 elective course credit hours from the Sociology Department. You must complete all electives with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. At least 16 of the 34 total semester hours (but not over 56) required for the major must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Can I take General Education Requirements for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and have them apply to my Sociology Core requirements?

Yes, but you must total 120 credit hours. All credit hours taken through the Sociology Department cannot be added more than once to your total 120 tally of credits. The good news is, you free up your elective credits for a minor.

When should I contact an advisor about choosing courses in the Sociology Department?

All new and returning students should contact one of the sociology advisors during the first semester they enroll at UC Denver. Whenever you may need advising feel free to call or send an e-mail to the undergraduate advisor. The advisor is here to help make your undergraduate experience as easy and pleasant as possible. Please use the link below to find Sociology advisor's contact information.

Undergraduate Advising

Use the following link to open the Sociology Major/Minor brochure: