2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Jun 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Sociology, B.A.

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The 36-hour major in sociology is designed for students to explore the breadth of the discipline and gain a foundation in the theories and methods of the sociologist. It requires proficient writing and analytical skills and fosters critical thinking. The Bachelor of Arts in sociology prepares students for careers in business, government, or the nonprofit sector, and for a variety of graduate programs, as well as being part of a liberal arts education. A major in sociology is particularly suited to careers in human or public services, social research, the law, education, or religion. Sociology majors at all locations and delivery systems can select the General track. Sociology majors at University Campus and some other locations may choose from two additional specializations: 1) Applied & Clinical or 2) Diversity & Inequality.

Technology Competency Skills

Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills                                             

Technology is threaded through our personal, professional, and educational interactions. To successfully manage these interactions - specifically relating to education and employment - our students must have the ability to navigate and operate essential computer functions, beyond social media. Demonstrating competency of basic technology skills is essential for the success of all Saint Leo University students.

Saint Leo University requires undergraduate students to demonstrate technology competency prior to degree conferral. These technology competency skills can be satisfied through a waiver exam, microcredential module, or academic course (COM-140 or equivalent, earning a grade of C or better within 10 years). Education majors should complete EDU 228: Educational Technology to fulfill the technology requirement. Students should meet with their advisors to discuss options and establish a plan to satisfy the graduation requirement.

Technology Competency Skills Microcredential:

A self-paced, online module designed to develop and reinforce computer competencies and literacy. The module introduces general computer operations using current computing technologies and software. Selected topics include the Internet, security and safety, digital communication practices, operating systems, as well as creating and evaluating documents, worksheets, and presentations. Guidelines for selecting computer hardware and software are addressed. Satisfactory completion of this microcredential meets the Saint Leo University Technology Competency Skills graduation requirement. Upon completion of the microcredential, students will earn a digital badge. This badge can be shared as confirmation of demonstrated skill and ability. This course is not covered by financial aid.

Technology Competency Skills Waiver Exam:

Students may take the technology competency skills waiver exam to satisfy the Saint Leo University technology competency skill requirement. The Waiver Exam tests your knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Windows, and the Internet. The exam is Pass/Fail and you must receive a minimum score of 74% to pass. 

University Campus Only Course Requirements

University Explorations (42 credit hours)

Core Requirements


Majors are strongly encouraged to take Spanish language courses.

Applied & Clinical Specialization

A specialization in clinical/applied sociology prepares students for a wide variety of client-based sociological positions, including support group facilitator, mitigation expert/mediator, organizational consultant, program evaluator, or community group advocate. Clinical/applied sociological training can often include an internship for hands-on career preparation, helping people and organizations by applying one's sociological imagination. 

In addition to the core requirements for the Sociology major, students with a specialization in Applied & Clinical sociology are required to take the following:

Diversity & Inequality Specialization

A specialization in diversity/inequality equips students with a heightened understanding of the causes and consequences of social inequalities, and with the high-demand ability to work with diverse populations. A diversity/inequality training in sociology prepares students for entering positions such as public relations specialist, human resources manager, case manager, program analyst, marketing/big data analyst, school counselor, military support specialist, or diversity trainer.

In addition to the core requirements for the Sociology major, students with a specialization in Diversity & Inequality are required to take the following courses:

General Elective Credits: Complete enough general elective credit hours to fulfill total hours required for degree completion.

Total Credits: 120

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