Sociology B.A. - Inequality and Social Justice

Inequality is at the core of most sociological inquires. The concentration in inequality and social justice examines the causes and consequences of inequalities based on class, gender, race/ethnicity, disability, age, and sexual orientation. Social inequalities at the local, national, and global levels are studied, as are the political, legal, and social processes that contribute to or reduce inequalities. Ethical elements of social justice are considered with regard to inequality. A concentration in inequality and social justice prepares students for employment in a variety of government and private-sector agencies, especially in social services, or for graduate school in Sociology. It also provides valuable preparation for related fields such as law, social work, education, counseling, politics, and public administration.


Bachelor of Arts - Sociology; Inequality and Social Justice Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Catalog Year: 2022-23

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Core Courses12
General Sociology Electives9
Upper-Division Writing Course3
Inequality and Social Justice Concentration Requirements15
Total Hours39

Degree Specific Credits: 39

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Note: No more than 60 Sociology credits may count toward graduation.

Core Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
SOCI 101SIntroduction to Sociology3
SOCI 202Social Statistics3
SOCI 318Sociological Research Methods3
SOCI 455Classical Sociological Theory3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

General Sociology Electives

Complete three of the following courses, two of which must be 300-level or above:9
Community Forestry & Conservation
Sociology of Alternative Religions
Introduction to Criminology
Social Issues Southeast Asia
Criminal Justice System
Intro Development Sociology
Sociology of Work
Sociology of the Family
Juvenile Justice System
Sociology of Organizations
Rural Sociology
The Community
Sociology of Law Enforcement
Sociology, Psychology, and Social Structure
Sociology of Punishment
Sociology of Corrections
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Deviant and Criminal Behavior
Environmental Sociology
Writing for Sociology
Addiction Studies
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Writing Course

Note: A non-sociology upper division writing course from another department may be substituted for this requirement with departmental consent.

Complete one of the following courses:3
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Capstone: Inequality and Social Justice
Writing for Sociology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Inequality and Social Justice Concentration Requirements

Concentration Core

Note: Students should complete SOCI 220S or SOCI 275S first, and complete at least 2 advanced ISJ electives before taking SOCI 441.

Complete all of the following courses:
SOCI 220SRace, Gender & Class3
or SOCI 275S Gender and Society
SOCI 441Capstone: Inequality and Social Justice3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Concentration Electives

Note: It is recommended that students take SOCI 442 or SOCI 498 concurrent with SOCI 441.

Complete three of the following courses:9
Social Stratification
Population and Society
ISJ Service Learning
Sociology of Poverty
Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Gender and Global Development
Political Sociology
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-