Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers B.A. degree in Sociology and a minor in Family Studies. Students require 120 credit hours to graduate. They can choose to concentrate their studies in one of three tracks: Development and Organizational Change, Applied Social Issues and Anthropology and Folklore. Sociology Department aims to prepare leading graduates in the field of sociology as well as to achieve academic excellence. It provides significant approaches through a spectrum of descriptive and analytical methods explicating global operations impacting localized realities represented in detailed case studies, narratives, life histories, discursive and non-discursive actions. These scholarly approaches help appreciate and understand the aspirations and challenges characterizing social life in the UAE.

Program Objectives

  • To introduce students to sociological Knowledge, methods, concepts, issues and topics that are relevant to the society.
  • To provide students with skills and tools needed to engage fieldwork and scientific research in the U.A.E society.
  • To train students to think critically in understanding, analyzing, and solving the social issues and problems.
  • To enrich students’ imagination to understand social behaviors, actions, interactions, problems and policies.
  • To equip students with tools and skills to serve in government, private, and nonprofit organizations and institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Undertake a preliminary investigation of sociologically informed questions.
  • Summarize the findings of empirical sociological research including the ability to identify the methodological framework used.
  • Apply basic research tools in a preliminary way.
  • Recognize sociologically informed explanations.
  • Recognize the ethical dimensions of social research.
  • Identify and select from appropriate sociological sources and present the conclusion in an appropriate sociological format.
  • Identify and select sociological work relevant to given social, public and civic policies.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (REQ. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED102Professional Ethics in Education3.000
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU1014Introduction to Academic English for Humanities and SS3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SOC201Social & Cultural Change  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
MATH120Contemporary Applications of Math3.000
STAT101Statistics in the Modern World3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
BION100Biology and its Modern Application3.000
CHEM181Chemistry in the Modern World3.000
FDSC250Contemporary Food Science & Nutrition3.000
GEOL110Planet Earth3.000
PHED201Physical Fitness and Wellness3.000
PHYS101Conceptual Physics3.000

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSR400Integrated Capstone  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major


Sociology Major (Req. CH:33)

Required Courses (21.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3.000
SOC102Social Theories3.000
SOC200Social Research Methods3.000
SOC202Social Problems3.000
SOC324Applied Sociology3.000
SOC403Research Project3.000


Elective Concentrations (Req. CH:12) Student must choose CH:12 from one of the following concentration including at least one research method course (*)

Development and Organizational Change (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SOC301Sociology of Development3.000
SOC302Urban Sociology3.000
SOC303Bedouin & Rural Society3.000
SOC305Industrial Sociology3.000
SOC306Population & Environment3.000
SOC307Human Development3.000
SOC308Migration Studies3.000
SOC405Assessment of Social Projects3.000

Applied Social Issues (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SOC306Population & Environment3.000
SOC309Sociology of Organizations3.000
SOC313Sociology of Family3.000
SOC314Political Sociology3.000
SOC315Sociology of Education3.000
SOC318Crime & Juvenile Delinquency3.000
SOC325Sociology of Aging3.000
STAT2152Social Statistics (1)3.000
SOC405Assessment of Social Projects3.000

Anthropology and Folklore (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HIS310Introduction to Archaeology & Museum Studies3.000
SOC316Folklore in UAE Society3.000
SOC317Social & Cultural Anthropology3.000
HIS332Ancient History & Archaeology Arabian of the Peninsula3.000
HIS372Arch. of UAE & A. Gulf States3.000
SOC407Research Methods in Anthropology & Folklore3.000


Minors and Free Electives (Req. CH:48)

Required Minor (1) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Optional Minor (2) (Students can either take Minor (2) or 18 credit hours from any free elective courses.) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours

Free Electives (12.00 hours)

Credit Hours