Minimum grade of C required in all Sociology classes:SOC 101 , SOC 293 , SOC 294 , SOC 349 , or approved substitutes.
Minimum major GPA of 2.000.
Transfer credit policy: The department accepts up to 5 transferred classes or up to 16 credit hours (whichever limit is reached first) of appropriate sociology courses toward the major requirements. Course descriptions and syllabi may need to be provided.
A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.
Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will:
Be able to identify major research methods, and compare and contrast the utility and relevance of a range of methods to study different social and legal issues
Obtain knowledge of basic social science statistical methods and be able to conduct basic statistical analysis
Be able to describe the significance of social theory to society, compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations, and apply some basic theories to social and legal issues
Be able to critically examine the social factors-i.e., social institutions, policies, practices, norms, and beliefs-that shape major realms of human life.
Understand aspects of the role of law in regulating behavior, the relation of law to social structure, race, gender, and class
Communicate proficiently in both written and oral form.
- Develop writing and analytical skills associated with the evaluation of data or patterns of argument
- Develop the ability to effectively construct and evaluate arguments for and against competing claims
- Present a predictive analysis and a persuasive argument orally
Identify relevant legal and factual issues; undertake legal research; and employ these skills in legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving.
- Develop the ability to apply reasoning in the analysis of a wide range of social, political, and legal issues and problems
- Engage in theoretical interpretation of philosophy, social, and legal ideas and phenomena
Fulfill professional values and ethical responsibilities to clients, the legal system, and the public.
Demonstrate the ability to navigate substantive and procedural law
Apply professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession in the appropriate cultural and social context.