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Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Sociology?

Sociology, the study of human society, gives students the ability and knowledge to understand social systems and their influence on individuals. It gives students the tools and knowledge they need to do social research, to identify and devise solutions to social problems, to identify group influences, and to understand group dynamics. Above all, it gives students the ability and knowledge they need to understand the complexities of modern life in an ever-changing swirl of economic, political, and cultural dynamics, and to take positive action on behalf of their employer, community, or interests.

Students in the Sociology major complete core courses in social theory and research methods. They also choose from an array of courses dealing with different topics such as marriage and family, minority groups, health and illness, social change, deviant behavior, and urban sociology. Advanced students often participate in undergraduate research projects or internships.

Career Opportunities

The Sociology major is excellent preparation for a variety of career paths. These include careers in law, government, human services, marketing research, education, health-related systems, management, and the mass media. Many graduates continue their education in graduate or professional school in a variety of fields, while others use their analytic, research, and organizational skills to find immediate employment in a variety of settings.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the Sociology major, the BA core, an academic minor in another field of study, and all general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all courses. At least 40 credits must be at the 300 level or higher. No grade lower than 'C' will count toward the major.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. Meral Topcu
PHONE: 231-591-2735

PHONE: 231-591-3705

Social Sciences Department
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: 231-591-2735

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.


Minimum 30 credits
Introductory Sociology
Sociological Theory
Sociological Meth/Qualitative
Sociological Statistics
Directed Research Experience

Directed Electives

Select 15 credits from the following:
Social Problems
The American Community
Marriage and the Family
Gender Roles in Society
Sociology Of Deviant Behavior
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Community Studies
World Urban Sociology
The Field of Aging
Sociology of Disasters
Black Images in Pop Culture
Work and Leisure in Society
Health-Illness in Society
Applied Community Research
Soc Stratification-Inequality
Sociology Internship
1 TO 6
Social Aspects of GIS
B.A. Core
The B.A. Core consists of one COMM course (COMM 105, COMM 121 or COMM 221) and proficiency in a foreign language through the 201 level.
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