Recommended Academic Plan - Sociology BA (SOCBA) - starting at Commonwealth Campus

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
ENGL 015 (GWS) - Rhetoric and CompositionNotes for: ENGL 015 (GWS)

ENGL 015 (GWS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 030 (GWS) - Honors Freshman CompositionNotes for: ENGL 030 (GWS)

ENGL 030 (GWS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
SOC 001 Introductory SociologyNotes for: SOC 001

SOC 001

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Foreign Languages (level 001)Notes for: Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
Quantification Course (GQ)Notes for: GQ

GQ

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Humanities (GH)Notes for: GH

GH

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 16

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
SOC XXXNotes for: SOC XXX

SOC XXX

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Foreign Language (level 002)Notes for: Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
Humanities (GH)Notes for: GH

GH

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)Notes for: GS

GS

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Natural Science (GN)Notes for: GN

GN

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 16

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
CAS 100 (GWS) Effective SpeechNotes for: CAS 100

CAS 100

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
SOC XXXNotes for: SOC XXX

SOC XXX

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
STAT 200 Elementary StatisticsNotes for: STAT 200

STAT 200

Can also be used for general education quantification (GQ).
Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
Foreign Language (level 003)Notes for: Foreign Language

Foreign Language

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
4
Arts (GA)Notes for: GA

GA

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 17

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS)Notes for: GS

GS

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Quantification, or Foreign LanguageNotes for: BA Requirement

BA Requirement

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Natural Science (GN) with labNotes for: GN

GN

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
ElectiveNotes for: Elective

Elective

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
ElectiveNotes for: Elective

Elective

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 15

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
SOC 207 Research Methods in SociologyNotes for: SOC 207

SOC 207

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
SOC 4XXNotes for: SOC 4XX

SOC 4XX

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
CAS 283 Commnication and Information Technology INotes for: CAS 283

CAS 283

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Natural Science (GN)Notes for: GN

GN

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Quantification, or Foreign LanguageNotes for: BA Requirement

BA Requirement

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 15

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
ENGL 202A (GWS) Effective Writing: Writing in the Social SciencesNotes for: ENGL 202A (GWS)

ENGL 202A (GWS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 202B (GWS) Effective Writing: Writing in the HumanitiesNotes for: ENGL 202B (GWS)

ENGL 202B (GWS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 202C (GWS) Effective Writing: Technical WritingNotes for: ENGL 202C (GWS)

ENGL 202C (GWS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
or ENGL 202D (GWS) Effective Writing: Business WritingNotes for: ENGL 202D (GWS)

ENGL 202D (GWS)

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
SOC 470 Intermediate Social StatisticsNotes for: SOC 470

SOC 470

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Quantification, or Foreign LanguageNotes for: BA Requirement

BA Requirement

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Arts (GA)Notes for: GA

GA

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
ElectiveNotes for: Elective

Elective

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 16

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
SOC 400W Senior Research SeminarNotes for: SOC 400W

SOC 400W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
SOC 4XXNotes for: SOC 4XX

SOC 4XX

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)Notes for: GHA

GHA

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.5
Other Cultures (OC)/ElectiveNotes for: OC/Elective

OC/Elective

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
ElectiveNotes for: Elective

Elective

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
Total credits 13.5

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
SOC 4XXNotes for: SOC 4XX

SOC 4XX

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
SOC 405 Sociological TheoryNotes for: SOC 405

SOC 405

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)Notes for: GHA

GHA

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1.5
ElectiveNotes for: Elective

Elective

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
ElectiveNotes for: Elective

Elective

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
3
ElectiveNotes for: Elective

Elective

Requirements for this course
  • † Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.
1
Total credits 14.5

Additional Notes

SOC 207 and SOC 470 must be completed with a “C” or better before a student is permitted to take SOC 400W. This is a firm departmental policy.

Students enrolled in, or hoping to enroll in, majors in the College of the Liberal Arts are expected to attend the University Park campus once they have earned a total of 57 credits. No more than 91 credits earned while enrolled at another Penn State College or at another institution may be applied toward degrees granted by the College of the Liberal Arts.  A minimum of 24 of the credits related to the primary area of study stipulated under "requirements for the major" must be completed at University Park.  (For example, History majors must complete 24 credits of "HIST" course at University Park.)  Senior or capstone courses required for the major must be completed at University Park.

 

General Education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the general education course(s) they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic  goals.

Scheduling patterns vary for courses according to the semester they are taught.

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements which overlap with General Education requirements.

W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy the University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

All students will take a Liberal Arts First-Year Seminar course their first or second semester that will also count towards General Education.

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

Footnotes

STAT 200
Can also be used for general education quantification (GQ).