Students must learn to use the Degree Tracker function and to generate and interpret their Academic Advisement Report (AAR) on myBoiseState. The AAR shows the courses you have taken, the courses you have enrolled in, and how these apply toward your requirements for graduation. Information on generating and interpreting your AAR is available on the myBoiseState home page, click on HELP.
The Sociology Department is a participant in the University’s Finish in Four Program. Even if you did not declare a sociology or social science major as an incoming freshman, these suggested course schedules can assist you in developing their own course of study.
It is essential that students remain well-informed consumers of their college education. Become comfortable with the Catalog, the AAR, Degree Tracker, and the Department’s Finish in Four schedules. If you do so, time spent with your faculty advisor can focus on issues of more specific concern to your academic and career plans, rather than on more routine matters.
Offered every fall and every spring: SOC 101, 102, 210, 230, 290, 310, 311, 390, 480, 493, 498, 499 and SOCSCI498
Offered every fall only: SOC 201, 332 and 471
Offered every spring only: SOC 302, 305, 333
Offered alternate years: SOC 306, 307, 312, 320, 325, 330, 331, 340, 361, 362, 371, 380, 390, 395, 403, 407, 410, 412, 415, 417, 421, 425, 431, 435, 440, 481 and 487
Not regularly offered at this time: SOC 121, 278, 279, 351 and 370
Plan your schedule carefully around the required courses offered least frequently. Note especially that SOC 201 is offered only in the fall, and that SOC 302 is offered only in the spring. Note that Sociology majors should take 301, 302, 310 and 311 during their Junior year if possible. Social Science majors should take SOC 201 as early as possible after their Freshman year. SOC498, SOCSCI498, and your internship or independent study (493/496) are taken during your final semester before graduation.
Social Science majors should note that only three credits of workshops, special topics, independent studies or internships may be applied to each of the two upper-division fields. If one of your upper-division areas is Communication, these limits can sometimes be waived – see your advisor.
If you are interested in completing an independent study, contact your advisor.
If you believe you can make a case for an academic adjustment, prepare any documentation. Syllabi and course catalog descriptions from both the course you’d like to replace and from the course that you’ve completed provide the best supporting evidence.
Appeals of general University requirements go directly to the Registrar’s Office. Appeals of Foundational Studies requirements are made to the department involved (so, for example, if you’ve taken a Chemistry course at another University that you believe covers the same material as CHEM 101 at Boise State, file the appeal with the Chemistry Department, and this will be forwarded to the College of Arts and Sciences). Appeals of the requirements of the Sociology, Social Science and Multi-ethnic Studies majors are made to the Sociology Department, and if approved will be forwarded to the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs.
You should talk with your advisor early in your college career about your plans following graduation so that your coursework can be tailored to best prepare you to pursue your goals.
If you are considering graduate education, consult with your advisor during your Junior year so that you can begin the process of selecting graduate programs and preparing your application.
The Sociology Department at Boise State does not offer graduate degrees, but can assist you in designing a masters in Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition, members of the sociology faculty often serve on thesis committees for students working toward graduate degrees in other departments.