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Sociology is the study of human society, its origins, functions, and problems. Sociologists examine such issues as crime and law, social inequality, politics and social movements, religion, education, medicine, social psychology, culture, and population distribution. They strive to achieve the highest possible knowledge about human behavior in groups -- examining normal patterns and the reasons for deviations from those patterns. The curriculum is designed to show the social character of human life and the impact of different forms of social organization. Students learn the methods by which knowledge is obtained, and examine research on the family, religion, education, politics, and crime.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL101 First-Year Composition 3
MATH 109c or MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Sociology Additional Units 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
4th Semester
SOC 274 Social Statistics 3
Sociology Additional Units 3
Tier II General Education 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
5th Semester
SOC 275 Social Research Methods 3
Sociology Additional Units 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
SOC 300 Sources of Sociological Theory 3
Sociology Additional Units 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
Sociology Additional Units 3
Sociology Additional Units 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
Sociology Additional Units 3
Sociology Additional Units 3
Minor Course 3
Elective - Upper Division 3
Elective - Upper Division 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained from a major in Sociology of human society and behavior, social issues, religion and culture, psychology, crime and law, and social psychology provides a foundation that can be applied to many career fields. Graduates are well prepared for careers in human resources, market research, communications, education, outreach, and social services. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, education, women’s studies, or public health.Sociology, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major. Some of the job titles listed below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Academic research
  • Human resources
  • Social services
  • Market research
  • Outreach
  • Legal services
  • Education

Sample Employers

  • Social service agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Businesses
  • Legal firms
  • U.S. Census Bureau
  • Colleges and universities
  • Television and radio stations

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Sociologist $44,000 - $72,400
Demographer $40,720 - $68,570
Human Services Worker $17,900 - $27,280
Public Opinion Researcher $17,650 - $61,070
Labor Relations Specialist $56,770 - $96,130
Community Relations Director, Radio Station $20,000 - $48,000
Medical Ethicist $33,430 - $59,540
Research Assistant, Social Sciences $21,400 - $37,200
Criminologist $48,000 - $66,500
Census Bureau Statistician $30,380 - $91,680
Housing Specialist $20,000 - $60,000
Patient Advocate $24,000 - $55,000
Trial Consultant /hour $100 - $500