Department of Sociology

Admissions & Transferring Coursework

The Department of Sociology does not have a competitive application process for Undergraduate Studies. All students eligible for the College of Liberal Arts may list Sociology as a major without a separate application.

The Sociology major at UT Austin requires 27 hours of coursework with 18 hours in residence. This means up to 9 hours can be taken as transfer coursework (or via correspondence). SOC 302 and SOC 317L (or approved substitution) do have non-UT Austin transfer equivalents and can be taken elsewhere. Beginning with the 2016-18 catalog, the Sociology Major will require 30 hours of coursework with 18 hours in residence. This means up to 12 hours can be taken as transfer coursework (or via correspondence). The department does not accept SOC 317M (Social Research Methods) and SOC 379M (Social Theory) taken at other institutions - these courses MUST be taken in residence.

Note: UT Austin does not have a degree program in Criminal Justice or Criminology. Students may pursue any UT Austin major and take the criminology courses offered through the Sociology Department.


  • Department of Sociology

    The University of Texas at Austin
    305 E 23rd St, A1700
    CLA 3.306
    Austin, TX 78712-1086
    512-232-6300