Florida State University


College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Core Program

Prior to admission into the major, students should have successfully completed Florida State University’s Liberal Studies General Education requirements with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. Consult the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section of the General Bulletin for further details.


Students may earn a bachelor of arts (BA) or a bachelor of science (BS) degree in sociology. Students who plan to earn the B.A. degree must complete both a foreign language through the intermediate (2200 or equivalent) level and nine additional hours in the fields of history and humanities.

Major in Sociology

Students must complete thirty (30) semester hours in sociology, with a grade of “C-” or better in each course, including: SYA 4010 (sociological theory), SYA 4300 (methods of research), SYA 4400 (social statistics); and any other seven sociology courses beginning with the prefixes SYA, SYD, SYG, SYO, or SYP. Students who major in sociology must also complete 12 hours of coursework for a minor in another department, or 15 hours from an interdepartmental minor, or requirements as stated by the minor area. Students must also complete the Liberal Studies University-Wide requirements prior to graduating. Please refer to the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section of the General Bulletin for further details. Transfer students must earn a minimum of fifteen (15) semester hours in sociology at Florida State University. Transfer of the required upper-division courses (SYA 4010, 4300, and 4400) is subject to the approval of the departmental chair.  Please refer to Sociology’s academic map for map milestone that must be met on a term-by-term basis.

Minimum Program Requirements Summary

  • Minimum hours required: 120
  • Liberal Studies General Education: 36*
  • Major Coursework: 30*
  • Minor Coursework: 12-18 (as required by minor)
  • Liberal Studies University-Wide requirements and Electives bring total to: 120

Minor in Sociology

A minor may be earned by completing any fifteen (15) semester hours in sociology with a grade of “C-” or better in each course. At least nine (9) of the fifteen (15) semester hours must be completed at Florida State University.

Honors in the Major

The Department of Sociology offers a program of honors in the major to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent and original research as part of their undergraduate experience.

Contact Information:
Michelle Bravo
Department of Sociology
526A Bellamy Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2270
E-mail: mbravo@fsu.edu
Office: 850-644-8336