Bachelor of Science in Sociology

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sociology degree program, part of the Department of Applied Social Sciences, develops strong analytic skills and a broad knowledge of human relations and social systems. The discipline provides useful tools for a variety of careers in law, business, social work, criminal justice, and policy impact analysis, among others. For example, pre-law students may wish to take courses in the sociology of law, criminology and criminal justice, and deviance and social control. Students pursuing careers in business may wish to take courses in the sociology of work, business and society, formal organizations, technology, and law.

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree in Sociology will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of core sociological theories and theoretical perspectives consistent with established disciplinary standards for undergraduate majors and concentrators in sociology.
  • Proficiency in sociological research methods and forms of inquiry that yield results appropriate for quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Familiarity with core themes, concepts, and empirical research in two topical areas of specialization within sociology (e.g., the sociology of work and occupations).
  • Proficiency in identifying and conducting literature reviews of valid sources of scholarly research, knowledge, and information.
  • Effectiveness in written and oral communication consistent with standard academic styles and formats (e.g., research paper using APA style guide; oral presentation of research project).


A total of 48 credits is required.


  • MET EN 104 English Composition
  • MET EN 201 Intermediate Composition


  • Four credits in a Metropolitan College math course numbered
    MET MA 113 or higher

Computer Science

  • MET CS 101 Computers and Their Applications

Natural Science

  • Eight credits in the natural sciences (N)


  • Four credits in a 100- or 200-level MET EN literature course or MET HU 221


  • Four credits


  • Four credits

Additional Courses

  • Four credits in the humanities (H)
  • Four credits in the social sciences (S)
  • Four credits in the humanities (H) or natural sciences (N)

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A total of 14 courses (56 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.

Major Courses

Choose ten courses (40 credits), which must include the following:

  • MET MA 113 Elementary Statistics
  • MET SO 100 Principles of Sociology
  • MET SO 201 Sociological Methods (offered alternate semesters)
  • MET SO 203 Sociological Theories (offered alternate semesters)

Plus six additional sociology courses, four of which must be at the 300 level or above.

Related Courses

Choose four courses (16 credits) at the 200 level or higher in the following fields:

  • Anthropology
  • Criminal justice
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Urban affairs

Usually six courses (24 credits), but possibly more depending on transfer credits, chosen with the advice of an academic counselor. Sociology-related courses may be selected from Department of Applied Social Sciences programs in City Planning, Criminal Justice, and Urban Affairs.

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The minor in sociology is designed for students from other disciplines who are interested in the theoretical ideas and research methods used by sociologists in their study of society. Students have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses that provide an alternative and valuable perspective for understanding the social issues they will have to deal with in their own professions. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in the 24 credits taken toward the minor.

Required Courses

(Three courses/12 credits)

  • MET SO 100 Principles of Sociology
  • MET SO 201 Sociological Methods (offered alternate semesters)
  • MET SO 203 Sociological Theories (offered alternate semesters)


Three additional sociology courses (12 credits).

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