2023-2024 Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog

Sociology and Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST) Double Major

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Sociology applies the methods of social science to understand how broader social forces influence our thoughts, beliefs, and behavior. It provides an important background for careers in human resources, education, business, law, social work, criminal justice, politics, arts, sports, and public administration. Students may select from a broad range of courses related to contemporary issues and problems; inter-group relations, popular culture, social movements and social change, modernity and post-modernity, family patterns and relationships, sexuality, crime and deviance, environmental and social problems, globalization, and field experiences.

Women’s and Ethnic Studies (WEST) is an interdisciplinary program that brings together faculty from across the campus. The WEST major centers on the histories, experiences, and cultural expressions of women and racial or ethnic groups not only in the United States but also across the world. Our approach is intersectional in that it explores the connections among race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and other socially constructed hierarchies. WEST emphasizes cultural responsiveness, critical and cross-disciplinary thinking, creative and innovative teaching, community engagement, and local and global awareness.  We aim to create an equitable and sustainable world by analyzing structural inequality from a historical and cultural perspective and exploring strategies to achieve these goals. WEST offers one-on-one mentoring, small classes, travel courses, and a range of scholarship and internship opportunities.

General Information

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology and Women’s and Ethnic Studies requires the following:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of SOC course work. At least 18 of those hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or higher).
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of WEST course work. At least 18 of those hours must be upper division.
  • A grade of C or better in courses applied to the major.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all SOC and WEST course work.
  • Completion of the Sociology Exit Exam and Exit Survey during the final semester of the senior year.

Additional course work is required to complete the Sociology and Women’s and Ethnic Studies, BA degree. Please see the advising guide on the Academic Advising website for more information.

Course Requirements

Sociology Major Course Requirements

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Complete all of the following courses.

Note: SOC 3150 and SOC 3170 should be completed prior to the senior year, and must be taken at UCCS.

Sociology Electives (2-6 credit hours)

Complete 2-6 additional hours of Sociology electives (depending on Summit Experience choice) to meet total and upper-division hour requirements for the SOC major.

Sociology Exit Exam and Exit Survey

Complete the Sociology Exit Exam and Exit Survey during the final semester of course work. Visit the Sociology department’s website for more information.

Women’s and Ethnic Studies Major Course Requirements

Substantive Area Courses (9 credit hours)

Complete one course from each of the following WEST Substantive Areas:

Transnational/Global Studies

Creative and Artistic Expression

Social Movements, Communities, and History  


WEST Electives (11-12 credit hours)

Complete 11-12 additional hours of WEST electives (depending on Summit Experience choice) to meet total and upper-division (3000+ level) hour requirements for the WEST major.

Double Major Summit Experience Options

Complete either the Sociology or WEST Summit Experience options. Students can select either the SOC or WEST Summit Experience, but must take additional electives in the department not selected to meet total and upper-division hours for both majors.

Sociology Summit Experience (4 credit hours)

Complete either the Honors or Standard Track Summit Experience.  The Summit Experience is designed for senior-level students who have successfully completed SOC 1110, 3150 and 3170.

Honors Track

Students completing the honors track will receive departmental honors upon successful completion and graduation. Complete both courses below.

Standard Track

Complete SOC 4785, the Summit/Capstone Special Topics course, and one of the capstone-flagged seminar courses below. A permission number is required to enroll for SOC 4785.  See the instructor or Sociology Program Assistant for details.



WEST Summit/Capstone Experience (4 credit hours)

Complete WEST 4995 and one 4000-level WEST Capstone-flagged course.  Both courses must be taken in the same semester. Contact the WEST department for additional Capstone-flagged course choices.

NOTE: Students must request a permission number from the instructor or WEST program assistant in order to enroll for WEST 4995.

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