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Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Minor in Sociology. At least 36 semester credit hours of sociology coursework are required to fulfill a Sociology major. The 36-hour total is considered a minimum, and students are encouraged to deepen and broaden their grasp of their major through careful allocation of their elective semester credit hours.

The Sociology degree requires students to complete at least 6 semester credit hours of support work. These courses, which require advance approval from advisors, should serve to introduce students to other social sciences in addition to those entailed in the coursework within students’ major discipline.

Internship in Sociology

As part of the COLFA Signature Experience, majors in Sociology are required to apply 3 semester credit hours of internship study to their baccalaureate program. Internship entails supervised experience, usually within selected organizations in the San Antonio area. The majors are asked to find their internship placements. The internship coordinator of the Department of Sociology approves placement. Students majoring in nonsocial science disciplines are welcome to participate but should consult with their faculty advisors regarding the role of the internship within their own degree programs. Further information can be obtained from the internship coordinator.

A student may seek a waiver of the internship requirement by submitting a written request to the Chair of the Sociology Department explaining the reasons for waiver. Should a waiver be granted, an Independent Study course must be taken with the approval of the internship coordinator to meet the 36 hour minimum for the major.

Department Honors

The Department of Sociology, through its Department Honors program, provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision to those students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship.

Selection for honors designation is based on academic performance and recommendation by discipline faculty. To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall at UTSA and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in Sociology at UTSA. Minimum grade point averages must be maintained for students to receive the approval of the Department Honors Committee and the Sociology faculty. Students applying for Department Honors are expected to enroll in the appropriate honors thesis course during their final two semesters. The supervising faculty sponsor and another department faculty member must approve the completed thesis. Students interested in this program should contact the department’s faculty undergraduate advisor for additional information.

Degrees and Minors

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