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Bachelor of Science in Sociology

President Ronald Reagan. First Lady Michelle Obama. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Martin Luther King Jr. Jesse Jackson. Dan Ackroyd. Robin Williams. CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux. Guess what these women and men have in common? They were all sociology majors.

The study of sociology gives you powerful and innovative ways to think about and analyze human systems and behaviors. At IIT, you’ll

  • study how technology, science, the built environment, social networks, and organizational structures shape the human experience
  • learn that things we commonly take for granted - like morality, gender roles, the workings of the market, and even the notion of individuality - are produced through human interaction and are not merely natural
  • discover that a number of important disciplines are spin-offs of sociology, including management/organization science, African-American studies, social work, and urban studies
  • be challenged to understand how contemporary sociology is incubating fresh approaches to problems both local and global, theoretical and applied

Sociology majors are required to complete 36 credits in sociology. Majors are also required to complete an approved course in statistics and a course in research methods. There are five core courses and six electives required within the sociology major, including a senior seminar (“capstone course”) in which students will produce a research paper or other project that demonstrates their interests and skills to potential employers and/or graduate schools. Additional courses may be required to prepare students for professional training and for entrance to fields such as law and medicine.

Apply: To get started on your application visit undergraduate admissions.

Degree Requirement Checklist

Required Courses Credit Hours
Mathematics Requirements:
  • 1 course at MATH 119 or above
  • PSYC 203 or BUS 221
Humanities, Social Sciences Required courses
  • 3 Humanities Courses including HUM 102, 104 or 106 + 2 300 level humanities (including PHIL, HIST, COMM)
  • 3 courses in 2 different Social Sciences (Political Science, Sociology or Psychology) with at least one course at the 300 level and 6 credit hours in one field
Natural Sciences Required courses
  • You can opt to take 3 natural science courses and 2 labs for a total of 11 credit hours, or you can take 4 natural science courses without labs for a total of 12 credit hours
Computer Science Requirement:
  • CS 104, 105, 110, 115, 116, or 201
Sociology Requirements:
  • 6 core courses (see next page for specific list)
Required Major Electives:
  • Select any 6 SOC courses

Free Electives
  • You decide!
Inter-professional Projects
  • 2 IPRO classes; 1st one can be IPRO 397
Total Credit Hours in PS: 36
Total Credit Hours: 127

Sociology Major Checklist

Course Credit Hours Semester Offered
SOC 100 (Introduction to the Profession) 3 Spring
SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology
203 Engaging Sociology
3 Fall & Spring
PS/SOC 209 (Research Methods) 3 Fall
PS/SOC 210 (Social and Political Thought) 3 Fall
PS/SOC 221 (Social Inequality) 3 Spring
SOC 490 (Senior Seminar) 3 Fall
SOC Electives (any 6 Sociology courses) 18 Every