The Combined BA/MA (4+1) program in Sociology provides a coherent, progressive educational experience that prepares students for either immediate entry to a master's level career or continued study in a PhD program. The BA/MA application process is competitive, as the program is designed for highly-qualified students who are capable of an expedited program. Students choose from two options for their Comprehensive Paper that completes the master's degree: either a 6-credit thesis, or a 3-credit applied experience plus a 3-credit paper. The program also offers 3 concentration areas (Crime, Law & Deviance; Health & Society; Family, Social Services & Community) for students seeking specialization in high-demand career areas.
These requirements are subject to periodic revision by the academic department, and the College reserves the right to make exceptions and substitutions as judged necessary in individual cases. Therefore, the College strongly urges students to consult regularly with their faculty advisor and CLAS advisor to confirm the best plans of study before finalizing them.
This is an on-campus program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the three areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
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While students are completing a BA degree in sociology, they may also complete some of the requirements for an MA degree in sociology by participating in the BA/MA program using the following guidelines:
- The student must apply and be accepted for participation in the BA/MA program prior to completion of the BA degree in consultation with both the undergraduate and graduate advisors. Students must complete a 4+1 intent form to formally declare this program, as they work very closely with undergraduate and graduate advisors to ensure they are on track and completing requirements as necessary.
- Students should officially declare their intent to complete this program by their junior year and apply to the graduate program during the semester they intend to graduate with their BA.
- Up to 12 semester hours of graduate-level course work may be taken as an undergraduate and applied toward the MA degree. With prior approval, these courses may also be applied toward the Sociology BA.
- Students must apply to and complete the MA in Sociology requirements.
- Students must complete a minimum of 32 SOCY credit hours.
- Students must complete a minimum of 16 upper-division (400-level and above) with no more than12 graduate (5000-level and above) SOCY credit hours.
- Students must earn a minimum grade of C- (1.7) in all undergraduate major courses taken at CU Denver and must achieve a minimum cumulative major GPA of 2.0. Students must earn a minimum grade of B (3.0) in all graduate courses taken at CU Denver. All graded attempts in required and elective courses are calculated in the major GPA. Students cannot complete major or ancillary course requirements as pass/fail.
- Students must complete a minimum of 13 SOCY credit hours and all graduate level coursework with CU Denver faculty.
Program Allowances and Restrictions
The maximum number of hours allowed to be applied to the BA in Sociology is 56.
Required Undergraduate Courses
|Take all of the following required courses||20|
|SOCY 1001||Understanding the Social World||3|
|SOCY 2001||Inequalities in Social World||3|
|SOCY 3115||Quantitative Methods & Analysis||4|
|SOCY 3119||Qualitative Methods||4|
|SOCY 3140||Sociological Theory||3|
|SOCY 5000||Professional Seminar: Sociological Inquiry||3|
|Take a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 36 SOCY elective credit hours. At least 3 credit hours must be completed at 4000-level or higher. A maximum of 9 credit hours may be taken at the graduate level.||12|
|SOCY 1011||From Killer Apps to Killer Bots: Technology and Social Change||3|
|SOCY 2440||Deviance and Social Control||3|
|SOCY 2462||Introduction to Social Psychology||3|
|SOCY 3001||Urban Sociology||3|
|SOCY 3010||Sociology of Human Sexuality||3|
|SOCY 3020||Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.||3|
|SOCY 3040||Drugs, Alcohol & Society||3|
|SOCY 3050||Sociology of Education||3|
|SOCY 3080||Sex and Gender||3|
|SOCY 3297||Social History of Asian Americans||3|
|SOCY 3300||Social Problems||3|
|SOCY 3440||Medical Sociology||3|
|SOCY 3500||Topics in Sociology||1-3|
|SOCY 3570||Death & Dying: Social & Medical Perspectives||3|
|SOCY 3650||Sociology of Music||3|
|SOCY 3697||Contemporary Asian American Experience||3|
|SOCY 3700||Families and Society||3|
|SOCY 3720||Global Perspectives on Social Issues||3|
|SOCY 3750||Animals and Society||3|
|SOCY 3840||Independent Study: SOCY||1-3|
|SOCY 3995||Global Study Topics||3-6|
|SOCY 4020||Race, Culture and Immigration||3|
|SOCY 4050||Health Disparities||3|
|SOCY 4110||Sociology of Health Care||3|
|SOCY 4220||Population Change and Analysis||3|
|SOCY 4270||Social Meanings of Reproduction||3|
|SOCY 4290||Aging, Society and Social Policy||3|
|SOCY 4340||Juvenile Delinquency||3|
|SOCY 4440||Poverty and Social Inequality||3|
|SOCY 4460||Hate Groups and Group Violence||3|
|SOCY 4590||Crime, Justice, and the City||3|
|SOCY 4610||Sociology of Religion||3|
|SOCY 4640||Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence||3|
|SOCY 4650||Sociology of Adulthood and Aging||3|
|SOCY 4690||Crime and Inequality Over the Life Course||3|
|SOCY 4700||Sociology of Law||3|
|SOCY 4740||Courts & Society||3|
|SOCY 4770||Advanced Topics in Sociology||1-3|
|SOCY 4780||Violence in Relationships||3|
|SOCY 4830||Senior Capstone: Worklife Practices & Policies||3|
|SOCY 4840||Independent Study: SOCY||1-3|
|SOCY 4880||Directed Research||1-6|
|SOCY 4910||Research Practicum||1-3|
|SOCY 4995||Global Study Topics||3-6|
|SOCY 5016||Social Theory||3|
|SOCY 5024||Seminar: Research Methods I||3|
|SOCY 5183||Seminar: Quantitative Data Analysis||3|
|SOCY 5193||Seminar: Qualitative Data Analysis||3|
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