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Sociology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Houston, TX, United States
The Department of Sociology at University of Houston offers the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, the Bachelor of Science in Sociology, and the minor in Sociology.
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Sociology majors at the University of Houston must complete core courses in sociological theory, social statistics, and research methods. Alongside core courses, sociology electives emphasize an understanding of a broad range of subjects including family, gender, healthcare, poverty, race and ethnicity, sexuality, and social psychology.

Learning outcomes

The study of sociology provides students with the tools to understand social problems and to create research and data-driven policies for alleviating these problems. In sociological theory, students will learn about sociological theories and concepts that will help them to think analytically and critically about the social world. In social statistics, they will learn to apply statistical techniques and to interpret statistical results. In research methods, they will gain hands-on experience developing and conducting a research study. In many of the writing-intensive electives in sociology, students will develop their problem solving and communication skills. 

All of these skills are invaluable in today’s technical and data-driven work environment. The sociology major thus prepares students for graduate studies in the social sciences, as well as fields such as social work, education, and public health. It also prepares them for an array of jobs in the non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociological Theory
  • Introduction to Social Statistics
  • Introduction to Sociological Research

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit a $90, nonrefundable application fee to the University of Houston.
  • Send your high-school and college transcripts either by mail or electronically to the Office of Admissions. High-school transcripts should include class rank. Once transcripts are submitted, they become property of the University of Houston and can’t be returned. Transcripts received for applicants who do not enroll will be kept on file for one year.
  • If you graduated from a U.S. high school, a U.S.-accredited high school overseas or a U.S. university, or if you’re from a native English-speaking country, your SAT or ACT scores must be sent to the University of Houston.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25934 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25934 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    25934 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25934 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    10274 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10274 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Houston

  • 1067 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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