Sociology Undergraduate

Sociology Program

The sociology program (Bachelor of Arts) is concerned with the functions, societal institutions, and social aspects of human behavior and interpersonal relationships. The program offers academic studies and emphasizes social service, career preparation, and community-related activities that reflect the University's urban environment.

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission into the Bachelor’s program in Criminal Justice or Sociology must meet the general requirements of the university.  

  • A minimum test score of 900 (critical reading and math only) on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or a minimum score of 19 on the American College Test (ACT).
  • A minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Acceptable letters of recommendation
    • A high school counselor and high school teacher familiar with the student typically supply these.
  • An applicant statement of interest.  (Essay)
    • The essay may be on any topic desired, but must be a minimum of 500 words.


Degree Requirements

Candidates for the B.A. degree in Sociology or Criminal Justice must meet the general graduation requirements of Clark Atlanta University and of the School of Arts and Sciences. Sociology and Criminal Justice majors must select all courses in consultation with (and the approval of) the University undergraduate coordinator and the undergraduate advisors in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department. Sociology and Criminal Justice majors must complete 60 semester hours within their selected program. A minor in Sociology or Criminal Justice requires 18 semester hours. 



Core Courses Required of all Sociology and Criminal Justice Majors (24 hours)
  • CPSC 219 American Government and Politics
  • CSCJ 215 Introduction to Sociology
    CSCJ 216 Introduction to Anthropology
    CSCJ 218 Social Problems
    CSCJ 301 Criminology
    CSCJ 337 Social Statistics I 
    CSCJ 387 Social Research Methods I 
    CSCJ 388 Sociological Theory


Core Courses Required of all Sociology Majors (27 hours)
  • CECO 250 Principles of Economics (or)
  • CECO 251 Principles of Macro Economics
  • CSCJ 315 Social Psychology
  • CSCJ 338 Social Statistics II
  • CSCJ 352 Marriage and Family
  • CSCJ 389 Soc. Research Methods II
  • CSCJ 420 Special Topics I
  • CSCJ 430 Cultural and Ethnic Relations
  • CSCJ 431 Social Stratification
  • CSCJ 480 Senior Project

Sociology Electives (minimum 21 hours)
  • CSCJ 308 Medical Sociology
  • CSCJ 314 Victimology
  • CSCJ 421 Special Topics II
  • CSCJ 425 Internship I 
  • CSCJ 426 Internship II 
  • CSCJ 432 Gender Roles
  • CSCJ 400 Comparative Systems in Social and Criminal Justice
  • CSCJ 490 Independent Study
  • Total 122 hours (required for Sociology and Criminal Justice major)

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIOLOGY (122 hours)

FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester (16 hours) 
CSCJ 215 Intro to Sociology (3) (Req)
CGED 100 First-Year Seminar I (1) 
CENG 105 English Composition I (3) (Area D)
CMAT 104 Algebra II (3) (Area C)
CSTA 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3) (Area D)
CPSY 211 General Psychology (3) (Area B)

Second Semester (16 hours)
CSCJ 218 Social Problems (3) (Req)
CGED 101 First-Year Seminar II (1)
CBUS 250 Personal Finance (3) (Area E)
CENG 106 English Composition II (3) (Area D)
CPHI 105 Critical Thinking (3) (Area A)
Area A: Choose from Area A (3)

SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester (15 hours) 
Area A: Choose from Area A (3)
CPHY 102 Physical Science & Lab (3) (Area C)
Minor Elective (3) 
Minor Elective (3)
CFL 101 Spanish or other Language (3)

Second Semester (15 hours) 
Area E: Choose from Area E (3)
Area B: Choose from Area B (3)
Minor Elective (3)
Minor Elective (3)
CFL 102 Spanish or other Language (3)

JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester (15 hours)

CSCJ 337 Statistics I (3) (Req)
CSCJ 387 Scope and Methods of Research I (3) (Req)
CSCJ Major Elective (3) 300 or 400 Level
CSCJ Major Elective (3) 300 or 400 Level
CSCJ Major Elective (3) 300 or 400 Level

Second Semester (15 hours)
CSCJ 388 Sociological Theory (3) (Req)
Minor Elective (3)
Minor Elective (3)
CSCJ Major Elective (3) 300 or 400 Level
CSCJ Major Elective (3) 300 or 400 Level

SENIOR YEAR
First Semester (15 hours) 
CSCJ Major Elective (3) 300 or 400 Level 
CSCJ Major Elective (3) 300 or 400 Level
CSCJ Major Elective (3) Any Level
CSCJ Major Elective (3) Any Level
CSCJ Major Elective (3) Any Level

Second Semester (15 hours)
CSCJ Major Elective (3) 300 or 400 Level
CSCJ Senior Thesis or CSCJ 480 Senior Project (3) (Req)
Free Elective (3)
Free Elective (3)
Free Elective (3)