May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology Major, B.S.

Department Information

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
PO 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 total of 30 credit hours in SOCI/SOAA courses, a GPA of at least 2.0 in the major, a grade of C or above in each required course in the major, and a minor. This major also requires a Major Field Test prior to graduation, which is coordinated and administered by Sociology faculty usually during the student’s final semester.

Students who have earned at least 75 credits may be eligible to apply for the accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program. Interested students should contact the graduate coordinator for more information.

Note: Students who major or minor in anthropology and sociology cannot apply credit from one field to the other. All cross-listed sociology and anthropology courses (identified as “SOAA”) can be counted toward either field, but cannot be counted toward both.


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

Students enrolled in the Online BA or BS program:

Dr. Leslie McCallister
(423) 439-4998

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.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

Compass Core Curriculum

41-42 credits
Total Major Requirement 30 credits
     Major Core    (21 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (9 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 24-31 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: SOCI-BS  

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

Compass Core Curriculum   

These requirements include earning 40-43 credits in Strengthening Foundations, Understanding Natural and Social Worlds, Exploring Connections, Cultivate Artistic Awareness, and Growing as an Individual and Global Citizen 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: 9 credits

  • SOCI or SOAA Electives (9 credits)1

1 Must be chosen in consultation with Sociology advisor.

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 24-31 credits

Major Field Test

A major field test is required for graduating students. Please see advisor for more information.

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. CSCI 1100  has arequired lab course, CSCI 1150 .

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.