Academic Catalog

Sociology (B.A.) 2023-2024 Catalog Year
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Justice Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be effective agents for change in society; to contribute positively to the quality of life; and to be globally aware.  Beyond studying inherently interesting subject matter - groups, organizations, social relationships, and cultural change - a student majoring in Sociology will develop skills in effective writing, problem-solving, data analysis, teamwork, research design and execution, critical thinking, and oral communication.

Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Attend an orientation session.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.

In addition to the program requirements, students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000-4999 level).
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. See:
  • Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.
  • Satisfy the residency requirement: 30 of the last 60 credits must be completed at FGCU.
  • Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
Program Requirements
  1. FGCU General Education Program (

    To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    FGCU Course: Any 6 credits of lower division (1000-2999 level) courses with the prefix of SYA, SYD, SYG, SYO or SYP
    Acceptable Course: SYAX000-X999 or SYDX000-X999 or SYGX000-X999 or SYOX000-X999 or SYPX000-X999

  3. Required Courses in the Major (9 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    SYA 3010 Sociological Theory (3)
    SYA 4935 Senior Capstone (3)
    SYG 2000 Intro to Sociology (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (21 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course

    Select one of the following:
    SYA 3300 Social Research Methods (3)
    SYA 3310 Qualitative Research Methods (3)

    Select 18 credits from the following:

    Any upper division (3000-4999 level) course with the prefix of SYA, SYD, SYG, SYO, SYP (3)*

    *Courses used to satisfy one restricted elective category cannot be used to satisfy another restricted elective category.

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
Total Credits Required: 120

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