BA in Sociology

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Sociology Program Overview

Our online Bachelor of Arts in Sociology program was designed for students who have a strong interest in social studies and social justice and who are concerned about inequality among diverse populations.

This program explores human interactions within group settings, the diversity of cultures and societies on an international scale, and factors that influence social behavior in various subgroups of society. In addition, it examines how social and political identities impact the way some subgroups are viewed or treated by society as a whole. You’ll review the leading theories on human interaction and hone critical thinking, communication, and research skills that can benefit you in many professional settings.

This convenient, fully online program enables you to complete coursework on your own schedule from any location. Once you successfully finish your studies, you’ll receive the same valued degree that’s awarded to all online and campus-based students from the program.

Potential Career Paths for BA in Sociology Graduates

A BA in sociology from The University of Texas Permian Basin can prove valuable in a variety of careers, including:

  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Social Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Public Administrator
  • Nonprofit Specialist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Management Consultant
General Education

There are 42 hours required for general education. Please refer to the catalog for specific course choices to fill the requirements.

Courses
Duration
Credits
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
8 weeks
3
Composition I offers intensive instruction in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading), emphasizing the recursive nature of the process and the importance of the relationship among writer, audience, and subject. The course will also explore the connection between writing and critical thinking and the usefulness of writing as a tool for learning in all fields of knowledge. Students enrolling in Composition I will be expected to have a good command of standard written English.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Summer 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022 Spring B 2022
ENGL 1302 - Composition II
8 weeks
3
Composition II covers argument, rhetorical analysis and the research paper. In this course students analyze and respond to texts of various kinds through essays and research papers. Students will learn to defend their points of view by using textual evidence and strong rhetoric. Readings and exercises help student learn to write broad-minded, well-informed essays in polished academic prose that moves and educates the reader.
Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 - Composition I
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring B 2022
HIST 1301 - History of the United States to 1877
8 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from European colonization through Reconstruction.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
HIST 1302 - History of the United States Since 1877
8 weeks
3
A survey of major social, economic, and political developments in the United States from 1877 to the present.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
MATH 1314 - College Algebra
8 weeks
4
Study of quadratics, polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Summer 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
COMM 1315 - Introduction to Public Speaking
8 weeks
3
Introduces students to the theory and practice of public speaking, with an emphasis on invention, arrangement, and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Further emphasis is given to the reduction of anxieties associated with public speaking.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Fall A 2021 Fall B 2021 Spring A 2022 Whole Spring 2022 Spring B 2022
COMM 1115 - Communication Lab
8 weeks
1
Practical activities across the sub-disciplines of the field of communication.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Fall B 2021 Spring B 2022
ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation
8 weeks
3
The study of art, its role in society, the creative process, and standards of artistic judgment.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PSYC 1301 - Introduction to Psychology
8 weeks
3
Foundation for the understanding of basic psychological principles affecting human behavior
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Summer 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Fall A 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022 Spring B 2022
COSC 1335 - Computers and Problem Solving
8 weeks
3
Introduction to basic issues related to computer-aided problem solving. Computational problems will be studied using software packages, including spreadsheets and database systems. Use of the Internet and the World Wide Web as problem-solving resources is introduced. Basics of computer systems will be introduced.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
PLSC 2305 - American National Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of American national political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in U.S. government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Summer A 2022
PLSC 2306 - State and Local Politics
8 weeks
3
An examination of state and local political institutions and processes. Satisfies state requirement in Texas government.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021 Summer B 2022
BIOL 1306 - General Biology I
8 weeks
3
Introduction to the biological sciences, with emphasis on the structure, function, and physiology of the cell: genetics, and bioenergetics. The first of the two semester freshman biology sequence for Biology majors and minors, and all disciplines that require the majors Biology sequence, although students of all majors may take it to fulfill general education science requirements.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1106 - General Biology I Laboratory
8 weeks
1
Laboratory methods in the biological sciences, directed toward the structure and function of the cell.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1308 - Biology for Non-Science Majors
8 weeks
3
A survey of the fundamental principles that apply to living organisms. These include cell structure and function, genetics, evolution, physiology, biodiversity, and ecology.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
BIOL 1108 - Biology for Non Science Majors Laboratory
8 weeks
1
The laboratory will provide practical and interactive experiments and demonstrations of concepts covered in BIOL 1308.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Whole Spring 2022
Required Courses

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology online requires a minimum of 34 hours of sociology core courses. The following courses are required of all majors (16 hours):

Courses
Duration
Credits
SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
8 weeks
3
Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories used to study the nature of social processes and the structure of society.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021 Whole Summer 2021 Summer B 2021 Whole Fall 2021 Fall A 2021 Fall B 2021 Whole Spring 2022 Spring A 2022 Spring B 2022
SOCI 3317 - Introductory Statistics
8 weeks
3
Measures of central tendency and dispersion, elementary probability theory, the binomial and chi-square distribution, tests of hypotheses, and parameter estimation and simple correlation and regression. Emphasis is on the application of statistical methods to research in the social sciences.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021
SOCI 3327 - Sociological Theory
8 weeks
3
This course involves the study of the development of sociological thought and perspectives through the examination of the ideas of classical and contemporary theorists. These may include Marx, Durkheim, Du Bois, Martineau, Parsons, Gramsci, or Lukacs among others. Substantive theories of social organization are examined.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021
SOCI 4399 - Senior Research Seminar
8 weeks
3
A scientific research study under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. The integration of theory and research is emphasized through basic or applied social research.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021
SOCI 4403 - Social Research Methods
8 weeks
4
The course provides a comprehensive overview of social science research methods, with emphasis given to the concepts used in the conduct of research, measurement strategies, and research designs. This course includes a one-semester credit hour lab that focuses on the steps undertaken in the completion of a research paper.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021
Elective Courses

For the 34 hours required in Sociology, the student must complete 18 hours of approved elective SOCI courses. It is recommended that SOCI 3327 be completed as soon as possible. The maximum number of sociology credits allowed is 47. Credits beyond this maximum will not count toward the 120 credit hours necessary to graduate.

Courses
Duration
Credits
SOCI 3326 - Modern Europe
8 weeks
3
Europe from the French Revolution to the present. Emphasis on social and political trends. This course is cross-listed with HIST 3326.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SOCI 3347 - Sociology of Work
8 weeks
3
Analyzes dramatic changes occurring in the work lives of Americans and considers the future of American workers within the global economy. Explores emerging labor markets and technology in shaping contemporary American work settings.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021
SOCI 3351 - Music in Society
8 weeks
3
Music in Society is a multicultural course that explores local, national, and global perspectives on the importance of music in performance art and culture, religion and spirituality, health and healing, politics, and the economy. Students will explore how music and society are transformed by the beliefs, norms, values, and ideas from music in history and music today.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SOCI 3389 - Multilisting Course
8 weeks
3
Undergraduate courses which will be offered only once, will be offered infrequently, or which are being developed before a regular listing in the catalog. This course is available when there is a student need for it.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SOCI 3391 - Contract Study
8 weeks
3
Students who are pursuing independent study or research as described in the contract study format. This course is available when there is a student need for it.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SOCI 4305 - Drugs and Behavior
8 weeks
3
Pharmacologic basis of psychotropic drugs and their associated abuses are explored. Theories of cause and treatment of abusers are reviewed. This course is cross-listed with PSYC 4305 and CCJO4372.
Prerequisites: SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
Semesters Offered:
SOCI 4316 - Energy and Society
8 weeks
3
This course will consider the social consequences of the economic and environmental impact of energy choices in the U.S. and globally and how they shape societal norms and values. It will develop a critical understanding of the social attitudes, norms, values, and behaviors toward energy consumption.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer A 2021
SOCI 4317 - Women's Studies
8 weeks
3
This course introduces students to the range of ways in which societies are organized according to gender. It critically examines and analyzes the complex and multiple questions related to women’s lives taking into consideration social, economic, political, psychological, and historical realities. To be able to achieve a holistic analysis, men’s experiences are fully integrated in the exploration of issues
Prerequisites: SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
Semesters Offered:
SOCI 4320 - Social Stratification
8 weeks
3
Focuses on theories of social inequality as applied to the exercise of power and large-scale social control. Issues of class, race and gender, and other inequalities are considered in the U.S. and globally.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
SOCI 4324 - Political Sociology
8 weeks
3
Relationship between political and social structures with emphasis on the concepts of power, ideology, elites, class, and politics.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021
SOCI 4362 - Sociology of Health and Illness
8 weeks
3
Social and cultural factors associated with the definition, occurrence, and experience of health and illness. An examination of the social determinants that affect the etiology and distribution of illness and the social organization of the medical profession and the hospital.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: Summer B 2021
SOCI 4370 - Family Dysfunction and Substance Abuse
8 weeks
3
The role of substance abuse in family violence, child rearing, and marital discord. Various ways of intervening to moderate the effects of substance abuse in families will be discussed.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
SOCI 4389 - Selected Topics
8 weeks
3
Undergraduate courses which will be offered only once, will be offered infrequently, or which are being developed before a regular listing in the catalog.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered: N/A
SOCI 4391 - Contract Study
8 weeks
3
Advanced independent study or research (equivalent to senior-level course).
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SOCI 4393 - Internship in Applied Sociology
8 weeks
3
A supervised program to utilize and develop sociological skills, as they apply to natural social settings. Students will be placed in a community organization. Variable credit of 3 or 6 hours depending on the number of hours worked and the academic requirements as established by the instructor. In the event of fulfilling 6 hours, only 3 will apply to the course, while the other 3 will be used as elective hours. This course is available when there is a student need for it.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:
SOCI 4394 - Independent Research in Sociology
8 weeks
3
Study and research under supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. Students wishing to enroll should prepare a short plan for this coursework and present it to the instructor at the beginning of the semester. This course is available when there is a student need for it.
Prerequisites: N/A
Semesters Offered:

Admission Requirements

In order to prevent delays in processing applications, UT Permian Basin is temporarily modifying the freshman admission process by moving to a test-optional policy for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. See the Test-Optional Policy section below for additional details.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of 24 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher in previous college-level coursework
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Dual-credit high school courses must be included
  • Completed application

Incoming Freshman Admission Requirements

If you have completed less than 24 hours of transferable college-level work from a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school or receiving your GED, please provide the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including dual-credit work while in high school)
  • Official high school transcript showing GPA, class rank, and expected graduation date or GED scores
  • SAT and/or ACT scores from within the last five years (see below for minimum score requirements)
  • Completed application

Official Transcripts

Official copies of transcripts must come directly from the school in a sealed envelope and should be mailed to:

UT Permian Basin 
Office of Admissions 
4901 E. University Blvd. 
Odessa, TX 79762

Official transcripts in electronic format can be sent to admissions@utpb.edu.

Minimum Score Requirements for Freshman Admission

High School Graduation Class Rank SAT ACT
Top 25% No minimum score No minimum score
2nd Quarter 1020 20
3rd Quarter 1160 24
4th Quarter 1280 27

Application Fee

The application fee is $40.

If you are a freshman applicant, you may request a fee waiver when you apply by sending us your official college application fee waiver form provided by the SAT or ACT. You may also request a fee waiver if the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on your Student Aid Report is zero.

Test-Optional Policy

Students will be reviewed on a holistic basis focusing on the strength of the high school record, overall grade point average, grades within the core subjects, dual credit work, and additional information (resume and/or extracurricular activities, leadership opportunities, and work experience provided with the ApplyTexas application). We also recognize the value of standardized tests as a piece of the review process and will consider scores alongside the other required application credentials, if provided. 

Associate Professor
Sociology Program Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences
hadjicostandi_j@utpb.edu

Dr. Hadjicostandi earned her BA in sociology at the University of Greenwich, London and her MA and PhD in sociology at Northeastern University.  Her multifaceted research in international development and migration, gender, race, ethnicity, social class and drug use and abuse has been published in many prestigious journals and presented in numerous national and international conferences.  Her working knowledge of Arabic, Greek, English, Italian and French and progressive learning of Spanish has helped her through her extensive travels and research.  Dr. Hadjicostandi has received the UT System Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teacher Award, as well as UT Permian Basin awards including the President’s Outstanding Service Award, the President's Award for Student Success, and the La Mancha Research Award. 

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
ziyanak_s@utpb.edu

Dr. Ziyanak has authored books and book chapters as well as contributed articles to a variety of publications. He was the recipient of the President's Research Award in 2020, the La Mancha Society Golden Windmill Research Award in 2018, and the Outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award with the National Society of Leadership and Success in 2018. 

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