Sociology, BA

College of Arts & Sciences

Program Description:

Major in Sociology

The sociology major requires 34 hours of course work, including the following 13 hours of required courses: 101, 380, 371, 381L. Students must choose 12 hours (4 courses) from the list of upper-division elective courses, available from the department, and select 9 hours (3 courses) drawn from all sociology courses not specifically requires.

The student may select from a number of designated courses that provide a concentration in one of the following subfields of sociology:

  1. Pre-Law. Provides background for careers or further training in police, correctional or legal institutions.

  1. Human Services and Social Policy. Appropriate for future work in public and private agencies, as preparation for law school or for graduate study in social work, public administration and business administration.

Concentration in Pre-Law

The concentration in Pre-Law is designed for students interested in law school or other careers in the legal field, and highlights those aspects of law that overlap with crime and criminal justice. The concentration provides students with an introduction to the causes of crime and deviance as well as social and institutional responses to this behavior. Students can choose from courses focusing on the personal and social forces that give rise to crime, as well as courses that examine the role of the legal and criminal justice systems in dealing with criminals and reducing crime rates. To complete this concentration, students must complete 12 hours from the following list (Note: 9 of these hours must be selected from the 300/400 level courses listed below.):

SOC 205

Crime, Public Policy and the Criminal Justice System

SOC 211

Social Problems

SOC 213


SOC 312

Causes of Crime and Delinquency

SOC 412

Sociology of Police and Social Control

SOC 414

Sociology of Corrections

SOC 416

Sociology of Law

SOC 423

Gender and Crime

SOC 424

Race, Class, and Crime

SOC 425

From Youthful Misbehavior to Adult Crime

SOC 426

Drugs, Crime, and Social Control

SOC 488

Field Observation and Experience

SOC 491

Directed Study in Criminology

Concentration in Human Services and Social Policy

The concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing a graduate degree or a career in human services, social work, social policy, health care, mental health, or education (K-12 and post-secondary). The concentration aims to provide broad thematic coverage of these fields by drawing upon elective courses that address topics critical to understanding the context within which welfare, health, mental health, and educational institutions operate, including social problems, race/ethnic relations, and socio-economic inequality. Students must complete 12 hours from the courses listed below. (Note: 9 of these hours must be selected from the 300/400 level courses listed below.)

SOC 200

Foundations of Social Welfare

SOC 211

Social Problems

SOC 216

Dynamics of Prejudice

SOC 225

Marriage, Family, and Their Alternatives

SOC 300

Social Welfare: Programs and Policies

SOC 303

Sociology of Political Behavior

SOC 308

Sociology of Gender

SOC 310

Sociology of Aging and the Aged

SOC 340

Sociology of Medical Practice

SOC 342

Social Epidemiology

SOC 345

Youth and Society

SOC 400

The Welfare State

SOC 415

Social Stratification

SOC 420

Race and Cultural Relations

SOC 421

Sociology of Education

SOC 427

Sociology of Madness

SOC 441

Complex Organizations

SOC 445

Sociology of Work

SOC 488

Field Observance and Experience

SOC 490

Directed Study (limited to topics approved for the concentration)

Further details are available on each concentration from the Department of Sociology and undergraduate advisors in the Department.  

The Department will accept the grade of C in required and elective Sociology courses as counting toward graduation but requires that the student achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in the Sociology major or minor and a 2.00 overall grade point average. A cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or better in all courses completed is required for regular admission to the sociology major.

Admission Requirements:

A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work.

  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional GPA.

Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following:

  • Completion of the University Speaking and Writing Core.
  • Completion of the University Mathematics Core.
  • Completion of the University Foreign Language Core.

Completion of Department of Sociology major admission coursework with grades of "C" or better:

  • Sociology: SOC 101; one SOC course at any level.

Transfer Agreements:

Transfer students must have a 2.0 transfer GPA.

Career Opportunities:

Contact Information:

Ann Mazur: Senior Academic Advisor
(505) 277-3490