Overview of Program

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sociology applies the methods of social science to understand how broader social forces influence our thoughts, beliefs and behavior. It provides an important background for careers in human resources, education, business, law, social work, criminal justice, politics, arts, sports, and public administration. Students may select from a broad range of courses related to contemporary issues and problems; inter-group relations, popular culture, social movements and social change, modernity and post-modernity, family patterns and relationships, sexuality, crime and deviance, environmental and social problems, globalization, and field experiences.

Key Guidelines for Undergraduate Students

  • Sociology Capstone Requirement

    The sociology department has changed the capstone requirement for the sociology major. 

    Starting in Fall 2016, sociology majors will be able to choose between two "tracks" to complete the capstone requirement, a regular track and a honors track. 

  • Online Completion

    The Bachelor's Degree Program in Sociology offers the option of online completion

    If students have completed 60 credits at UCCS, or transfer in with an AA, they will be able to complete their Bachelor of Arts at UCCS in sociology completely online. Alternatively, students who reside in the Colorado Springs area also have the option to take a combination of online and evening/weekend courses to complete the degree.

  • Sociology / West Double Major

    The Sociology and WEST departments offer a program for students interested in majoring in both disciplines. 

  • Dual Degree

    The dual degree program in Sociology and Criminal Justice is designed to make it easier for students to complete degrees in these two majors (in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and School of Public Affairs, respectively)

    Students in the dual degree program need only take 25 credits in Criminal Justice and 34 credits in Sociology (instead of 39 and 37 credits, respectively) to complete the major requirements for both degrees. 

  • Certificates

    There are Six Certificate Options are offered through the Sociology Department at UCCS.

    • Certificate in Criminology and Justice Studies
    • Certificate in Sociology of Diversity
    • Certificate in Disability Studies
    • Undergraduate Certificate in Family and Child Studies
    • Certificate in Social Dimensions of Health and Health Care
    • Civics Certificate in WEST and Sociology
  • Sociology Undergraduate Degree Options

    It is the responsibility of each student to know and follow all Academic policies established by the University and the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (LAS) that are set forth in the Catalog (catalog.uccs.edu). Course Prerequisites Students are responsible for knowing and completing all course prerequisites. Course prerequisites are strictly enforced for all classes at UCCS.

  • FAQs

    Frequently asked Questions about the Department of Sociology at UCCS.

Advising Guides

Advising Guides have been developed as a supplemental advising tool for students. Please use this link to reference the requirements you will need to follow. The requirements will depend on the student's "catalog year" or the year he or she began their study at UCCS. For further information, contact an advisor by phone (719) 255-3260 or go to UCCS Student Success to access your Advising Guide for Sociology. After clicking on  the Advising  Guides link, please navigate first to College of Letters Arts and Sciences, then Sociology Advising Guides. 

Sociology Core Student Learning Outcomes - BA

  1. To demonstrate critical thinking. 
  2. To write in a clear, logical manner. 
  3. To be able to clearly express sociological knowledge in verbal communication. 
  4. To demonstrate the use of core theoretical perspectives in sociology to understand, analyze and assess social experience. 
  5. To collect, analyze and interpret sociological data effectively. 
  6. To demonstrate understanding of key social phenomena of deviance, globalization, social change, multiculturalism, structural inequality, and the intersections of race, class, gender, and other forms of stratification.