Undergraduate Catalog

2008-09 Academic Year

Department of Sociology

Departmental Office
Chilton Hall, Room 390
1155 Union Circle #311157
Denton, TX 76203-1157

Web site: www.unt.edu/soci

Sociology Degree Planning Office
Chilton Hall, Room 289E

Dale Elgert Yeatts, Chair


Professors Esterchild, Eve, Seward, Yeatts. Associate Professors Lawson, Rodeheaver, Williamson, Yancey, Zafirovski. Assistant Professors Cready, Dash, Ignatow, Moore, Yoder.


The sociology program offers courses introducing the student to the study of human social interaction and organization, ranging from the individual in small groups to entire societies. Areas of special attention include marriage and the family, organizations and work, urban sociology, developing societies, medical sociology, population, sociology of religion, aging, deviance, disaster, social inequality and race, class and gender.

The program is designed to prepare students for professional careers in a number of fields, including research, education, social service, probation, law enforcement, aging and government. A minor in sociology provides useful background for those pursuing a degree in such areas as business, psychology, art, communications, education and music.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Sociology Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service requirements.

2. Major Requirements: 30 hours in sociology, of which 21 must be advanced, including the sociology core curriculum (SOCI 1510, 4000, 4870 and 4880), plus 18 additional hours in sociology, of which 12 must be taken at UNT and at the advanced level (3000 or 4000). Note: Students must receive a C or better in sociology core curriculum courses.

3. Minor: None required.

4. Electives: 40-47 hours (18 advanced).

5. Other Requirements:

Maximum of 36 hours of correspondence, extension, credit by examination and/or military service credit is allowed toward degree.

Minor in Sociology

A minor in sociology requires a minimum of 18 hours, including 6 advanced and SOCI 1510.

Degree Plan

Degree plans are worked out in consultation with the Office of Student Services. Call 940-565-2840.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach sociology in secondary schools must meet the requirements of the State of Texas for teacher certification as listed in the College of Education section of this catalog. This will include all sociology courses that are required and recommended above.

Graduate Degrees

Master's and doctoral degree programs are available in sociology. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The “Course and Subject Guide,” found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

Undergraduate Working Catalog

Department of Sociology

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