BA in Sociology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Sociology prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program focuses on the forces that produce stability and changes in people's behavior, beliefs and attitudes and social organization.  Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in sociology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical concepts and historical trends in sociology
  • Apply the scientific method to examine sociological issues
  • Describe the importance of values, ethical standards and diversity in sociology
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the individual in society in regard to such areas as: culture, socialization, groups and organizations, and crime
  • Discuss some of the underlying factors concerning such areas as: social stratification, global stratification, race and ethnicity, and gender
  • Compare the social dynamics of some of the major social institutions

BA in Sociology Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: Sociology 33
A. Required Courses 9
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Theory
  • Methods of Sociological Research (or Statistics)
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Sociology Electives*
  • American Minority Groups
  • Comparative Social Analysis
  • Comparative Social Issues
  • Gerontology
  • Individual and Society
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Political Sociology
  • Population Theory and Problems
  • Social Bases of the Arts
  • Social Change
  • Social Movements
  • Social Problems
  • Social Stratification
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Sociology of Death and Dying
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Sociology of Law
  • Sociology of Mass Media
  • Sociology of Minority Groups
  • Sociology of Poverty and Welfare
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology of Sex Roles
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of Violence and Conflict
  • Sociology of Work/Organizations
  • Urban Sociology
  • Women in Contemporary Society
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


*This list is a guide. Other Sociology courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Note 1: The following TECEP exams OR DANTES exam OR Guided Study course may be used as an elective in the sociology area of study.
SOS-301-TE Alcohol Abuse: Fundamental Facts (3 credits)
SOS-303-TE Substance Abuse: Fundamental Facts (3 credits)
SOS-305-DE Drug and Alcohol Abuse (3 credits)
SOS-304-GS Drugs and Society (3 credits)

Note 2: SOS-304-GS Drugs and Society DUPLICATES SOS-303-TE Substance Abuse: Fundamental Facts AND SOS-305-DE Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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