Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Department of Sociology

Xavier University of Louisiana
1 Drexel Drive, P.O. Box 32B
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-520-7400 (ph) 504-520-7952 (fax)

Amy Bellone Hite, PhD
Associate Professor and Head

SOCIOLOGY PROGRAMS

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIOLOGY

Whether entering the job market or graduate school, the sociology major offers skills that are increasingly necessary in a global, rapidly changing world. Xavier’s sociology major offersbroad training in social scientific research, an understanding of how various institutions and groups work, strong critical thinking and writing skills, and an understanding of our rapidly changing, diverse and global world. This foundation offers graduates enormous flexibility in the job market and/or entry into a wide array of graduate or professional programs.

Our program offers flexibility to pursue individual academic and career goals you define working closely with a faculty advisor.   An individualized learning plan, as well as a required internship or independent research project, allow you to focus on interests, study abroad, double major, or double minor..
The following are summaries of the degree requirements for this major. For specific detail be sure to consult the University Catalog. Click HERE for a printable B.A. in Sociology Curriculum Worksheet.

Summary of Degree Requirements for B.A. in Sociology

  • Completion of all Core Curriculum requirements
  • 36 credit hours in sociology in both required and elective sociology courses (see requirements below).
  • Score of 70 percent or higher on both the essay and multiple choice components of the Senior Comprehensive Exam, as well as completion of the Major Field Test in Sociology (all exams administered twice a year through SOCI 4999).
  • In order for any course to be counted for degree credit in the major, a student must earn a “C” or better.
  • Completion of a minor, a double concentration, or a second major.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours.

Summary of Required Major Courses for B.A. in Sociology

  • SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3) (May be applied to Essential Core)
  • SOCI 1011 Global Social Change or SOCI 1015 Popular Culture & Society (3)
  • SOCI 2500 Reading & Writing in Sociology (2)
  • SOCI 2530 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
  • SOCI 2530L Statistical Software Lab (1)
  • Two additional 2000 level sociology courses (6)
  • SOCI 3030 Sociological Theory (3)
  • Two additional 3000 level sociology courses (6)
  • Two additional 4000 level sociology courses (6)
  • SOCI 4950 Internship or SOCI 4903 Independent Study (3) (Substituted for Study Abroad)
  • MATH 1020 (STAT 2010) Statistics (3) with C or better (May be applied to Core)
  • SOCI 4999 Senior Comprehensive Exam (0)

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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIOLOGY – HEALTH MEDICINE AND SOCIETY CONCENTRATION

Students majoring in sociology may elect a Concentration in Health, Medicine and Society. The goals of this unique concentration are to assist students in learning that health and disease do not depend solely on biological mechanisms; to promote the wellbeing of the social body by teaching the role of behavioral theory, research, and clinical practice in the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being; to provide students with knowledge of cutting edge debates in the field; to assist students in understanding the sociological, ethical, and psychological mechanisms affecting human health and illness behavior; and to prepare students for careers in the health professions and/or entrance to graduate school.

The following are convenient summaries of the degree requirements for this major.  For specific detail be sure to consult the University Catalog .  Click HERE for a printable B.A. in Sociology Curriculum Worksheet.

Summary of Degree Requirements for B.A. in Sociology - Health, Medicine and Society Concentration

  • Completion of all Core Curriculum requirements
  • 36 credit hours in sociology in both required and elective sociology courses (see specific course requirements below).
  • Score of 70 percent or higher on both the essay and multiple choice components of the Senior Comprehensive Exam, as well as completion of the Major Field Test in Sociology (all exams administered twice a year through SOCI 4999).
  • In order for any course to be counted for degree credit in the major, a student must earn a "C" or better.
  • Completion of a minor, a double concentration, or a second major.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours are required for graduation.

Summary of Required Major Courses for B.A. in Sociology – Health, Medicine, and Society Concentration

  • SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3) (May be applied to Essential Core)
  • SOCI 2500 Reading & Writing in Sociology (2)
  • SOCI 2530 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
  • SOCI 2530L Statistical Software Lab (1)
  • Two additional 2000 level sociology courses (6)
  • SOCI 3030 Sociological Theory (3)
  • Three of the following:  SOCI 3035 Sociology of Mental Health, SOCI 3040 Population and Society, SOCI 3060 Sociology of Aging, and SOCI 3070 Medical Sociology (9)
  • SOCI 4025 Health Disparities (3)
  • SOCI 4700 Seminar in Health, Medicine and Society (3)
  • SOCI 4950 Health Related Internship or SOCI 4903 Independent Study (3)
  • MATH 1020 (STAT 2010) Statistics (3) with C or better  (May be applied to Core)
  • PHIL 2400 Health Ethics (3) (May be applied to Essential or Expansive Core)
  • CMST 2080 Health Communication (3) (May be applied to Essential or Expansive Core)
  • SOCI 4999 Senior Comprehensive Exam (0)

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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIOLOGY – CRIME & SOCIAL JUSTICE CONCENTRATION

Students interested in criminology and the criminal justice system may elect a Concentration in Crime and Social Justice. This interdisciplinary concentration allows students to apply sociological tools to the study of crime, and to infuse this development of knowledge with an appreciation of how society's definition and reaction to crime support or hinder social justice.  Unlike programs with a technical focus, a flexible, liberal arts curriculum allows students to develop analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills while learning more about the sub-field of criminology and the criminal justice system.

In particular, students will: 

  • consider how definitions of crime, awareness of crime, and reactions to crime are rooted in larger economic, political, and social contexts;
  • develop a critical perspective on the criminal justice system's role as a system of social control;
  • discover how social identities affect the system;
  • research policies for prevention, intervention, and reform that promote a more socially just system;
  • analyze how crime intersects with other social institutions. 

This concentration is a useful foundation for students interested in pursuing a wide range of occupations graduate degrees such as: 

  • law,
  • criminal justice (law enforcement, corrections, probation or parole systems),
  • social work
  • government and non-profit agencies,
  • counseling and rehabilitation services
  • family services
  • education
  • juvenile justice
  • community development and empowerment
  • program evaluation and planning

The following are convenient summaries of the degree requirements for this major.  For specific detail be sure to consult the University Catalog.  Click HERE for a printable B.A. in Sociology Curriculum Worksheet.

Summary of Degree Requirements for B.A. in Sociology – Crime & Social Justice Concentration

  • Completion of all Fundamental, Essential, and Core Curriculum requirements
  • 27 credit hours in sociology in both required and elective sociology courses (see specific course requirements below) as well as 12 credit hours of major electives selected from specific degree courses in Sociology, Communication Studies, and Political Science
  • Score of 70 percent or higher on both the essay and multiple choice components of the Senior Comprehensive Exam, as well as completion of the Major Field Test in Sociology (all exams administered twice a year through SOCI 4999).
  • In order for any course to be counted for degree credit in the major, a student must earn a "C" or better. 
  • Completion of a minor, a double concentration, or a second major (elective courses from major may not be counted toward the minor).
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours are required for graduation.

Summary of Required Major Courses for B.A. in Sociology – Crime and Social Justice Concentration

  • SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3) (May be applied to Essential Core)
  • SOCI 2500 Reading & Writing in Sociology (2)
  • SOCI 2530 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
  • SOCI 2530L Statistical Software Lab (1)
  • SOCI 2020 Introduction to Criminology (3)
  • SOCI 2042 Deviance (3)
  • SOCI 3030 Sociological Theory (3)
  • Either (12 credit hours total):
    • OPTION A:
      • One of the following courses: SOCI 2010 Social Problems , SOCI 2040 Sociology of Gender , SOCI 2050 Sociology of the Family , SOCI 2060 Race and Ethnic Relations, PSCI 2100 Law, Politics and Society
      • AND three of the courses listed under OPTION B
    • OPTION B: 
      • Four of the following courses:  SOCI 3025 African American Urban Life, SOCI 3035 Sociology of Mental Health, SOCI 3100 Social Policy, PSCI 3110 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, CMST 3030 Race, Culture, and Communication
  • One of the following:  SOCI 4020 Urban Sociology, SOCI 4080 Race, Class and Gender Inequality, SOCI 4810 Special Topics in Sociology (3)
  • SOCI 4800 Seminar in Crime and Social Justice (3)
  • SOCI 4950 Internship or SOCI 4903 Independent Study (3)
  • MATH 1020 (STAT 2010) Statistics (3) with C or better  (May be applied to Core)
  • SOCI 4999 Senior Comprehensive Exam (0)

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MINOR IN SOCIOLOGY

Students minoring in sociology must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours in sociology, meeting the following criteria:

  • SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology (3) (May be applied to Essential Core)
  • SOCI 3030 Sociological Theory (3)
  • 9 credit hours of Sociology Electives. Students may choose any combination of sociology courses to complete this component of the minor with the one following exception: students may NOT take two 1000 level courses with one 2000 level course to complete this component of the minor. Any other combination is acceptable (9)
  • Any 4000 level course (3)
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HONORS IN SOCIOLOGY

Students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 will graduate with an honors distinction in Sociology by completing a minimum of any three Sociology courses with a total of 9 credit hours with a combined GPA in all sociology courses of 3.5 or higher. This distinction and its criterion of a 3.5 GPA in Sociology apply to all students, including students majoring or minoring in Sociology.

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CONCENTRATION IN SOCIOLOGY

Students may complete a concentration in sociology by completing any 12 hours of coursework. A concentration may be in addition to a major and a minor or, if combined with another concentration, used instead of a minor.

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