Sociology (B.A.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Social Sciences
(239) 590-7196

2019-2020 Catalog Year

The B.A. in Sociology is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be effective agents for change in society; to contribute positively to the quality of life; and to be globally aware.  Beyond studying inherently interesting subject matter - groups, organizations, social relationships, and cultural change - a student majoring in Sociology will develop skills in effective writing, problem-solving, data analysis, teamwork, research design and execution, critical thinking, and oral communication.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. (See
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
  • Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.

Program Requirements

  1. FGCU General Education Program (
    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    FGCU Course: Any 6 hours of lower level courses with the prefix of SYA, SYD, SYG, SYO or SYP

  3. Required Courses in the Major (24 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    IDS 3143 Issues in Science & Technology (3)
    IDS 3300 Foundations of Civic-Engagement (3)
    IDS 3332 Issues in Culture & Society (3)
    SYA 3300 Social Research Methods (3)
    SYA 3310 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
    SYA 4935 Senior Capstone (3)
    SYO 3530 Social Stratification (3)
    SYO 4180 Sociology of Work and Family (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (15 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Select one of the following:
    SYA 3010 Sociological Theory (3)
    SYA 3120 Contemp Sociological Theory (3)

    Select 12 credits from the following:

    Any 3000-4999 level course with the prefix of SYA, SYD, SYG, SYO, SYP (3)*

    *Courses used to satisfy one elective category cannot be used to satisfy another elective category.

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 4/8/2020.