Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BGS in Sociology. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website.

Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required) 3
MATH 101 (Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy )13Goal 2.2 Communication3
Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)23
Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)23SOC 104, 105, or 304 (Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking or Goal 3 Social Science or Goal 4.1 US Diversity, Major Requirement)13
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Goal 3 Natural Science3Goal 4.1 US Diversity (or Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking or Goal 3 Social Science3
Goal 3 Humanities3SOC Elective 100+ (Major Requirement)3
SOC Elective 100+ (Major Requirement)13SOC 310 (Major Requirement)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
SOC 510 (Major Requirement)3SOC 500 (Major Requirement)3
SOC Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)33SOC Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)33
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective Total Hours)3
 15 15
SOC Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)33SOC 698 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity (Recommended))3,43
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)23Elective (Total Hours)3
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3Elective (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

The Sociology department has admission requirements that must be met in order to be admitted to the major. Admission requirements include completion of MATH 101 or MATH 104, SOC 104/SOC 105, or SOC 304 and a SOC elective, which a grade point average of 2.50 in these admission courses. Review admission requirements here


Please note that the Bachelor of General Studies degree requires completion of the requirements of a single BGS major AND a secondary field of academic study (a second major, co-major, or minor).  This sample plan is based on the completion of a minor. If a second major is selected instead, elective hours on plan will be needed for these additional major requirements.


Up to 3 hours of hours of SOC 490 or SOC 698, and 6 hours of SOC 499 are allowed to count toward the major. 


SOC 698 is recommended to fulfill an elective requirement in the major and to fulfill Goal 6 of the KU Core. If SOC 698 is not taken, an alternate SOC Elective will need to be taken for the major, and an alternate Goal 6 course will need to be taken to fulfill the KU Core.

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to completed 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.