Mar 23, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology Major, B.A.

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Department Information

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

P.O. Box 70644
Phone: (423) 439-4370
Web address:

Sociology is the study of people interacting with others individually, in social groups, and in social systems. The discipline is extremely diverse, including areas such as: community, religion, theory, collective behavior, environment, health, demography and aging, and much more. Students who major in Sociology will have the technical and analytic skills and the global perspective needed to succeed in a variety of careers, such as: social services/public services; program support; management; education; marketing research; social science researcher.

This major requires a Major Field Test prior to graduation. The exam is coordinated and administered by Sociology faculty usually during a student’s final semester.


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website and call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Mary “Betsie” Cole
(423) 439-6654

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in sociology should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements. Transfer students must meet the specific requirements for the sociology major. There is no predetermined maximum number of credits that a transfer student may apply to the sociology or anthropology curriculums. The final decision will be made by the department chair.

For general information about the department or courses, contact Dr. William Duncan, Chair at or (423) 439-4996.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Total Major Requirement 30 credits
     Major Core    (18 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (12 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 24-31 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: SOCI-BA  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.A. degree requirements.

  • Foreign Language course 2020 or higher with C- or better
  • Non-U.S. History (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  


General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Total Requirements for Sociology Major: 30 credits

Course grade minimum: Must earn a grade of “C” or above in each required course in the major.

Advisor Approved Electives: 12 credits

  • SOCI or SOAA Electives (12 credits)1

1 Must be chosen in consultation with Sociology advisor.

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 24-31 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

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