Undergraduate Programme Requirements

Students who would like to major in Sociology under the Faculty of Arts and Social Science should have a strong interest in the subject, and good results at the G.C.E. 'A' Levels, including General Paper. To apply or make inquiries, please visit the Office of Admissions.

Bachelors of Arts

For FASS students who are
 * Single SC majors
 * Double majors reading SC as their primary / first major


The current requirements are:
 (i) complete all applicable University-level requirements
 (ii) pass at least 60 MCs of Sociology or other SC recognized modules which must include all of the following:
  - SC1101E Making Sense of Society
  - SC2101 Methods of Social Research
  - SC3101 Social Thought and Social Theory
 (iii) a minimum of ONE from the following alternate essential modules from the basket of methodology modules:
  - SC3209 Data Analysis in Social Research
  - SC3213 Ethnographic Analysis of Visual Media
  - SC3221 Qualitative Inquiry 
(iv) a minimum of 28 MCs of SC modules at Level-3000 or higher (See Note 1) (including the essential & alternate modules).

Note 1: Students are allowed to read Level-4000 modules subject to the department’s approval.

Please note that:
 (i) once the B.A. degree is conferred, students cannot return to pursue Honours
 (ii) Declaration of major can only be done by students according to timelines set by FASS Dean's Office

Reading Sociology as a Second Major

For the 2006 Cohort onwards, requirements are:
 (i) pass 48 MCs of Sociology or SC recognised modules, which must include the following:
  - SC1101E Making Sense of Society
  - SC2101 Methods of Social Research
  - SC3101 Social Thought and Social Theory
  - a minimum of 20 MCs of SC modules at Level-3000 or higher(see Note 1) (including SC3101)
 Note 1: Students are allowed to read Level-4000 modules subject to Department’s approval.

Bachelors of Social Sciences (B.Soc.Sci.) With Honours

Students who wish to declare the SC Honours track must have completed 110 MCs, of which 60 MCs must be in Sociology major AND have a minimum CAP of 3.20 (for Cohort 2012 onwards).

Students who wish to do the Honours Thesis (optional) must have completed 110 MCS including 60 MCS of SC major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.50 AND SJAP of 4.00. The SJAP is the average grade point of all SC major modules read.

Requirements towards a B.Soc.Sci. with Honours degree are:
 (i) complete all University-level and B.A. SC major requirements, with a CAP of least 3.50 (for Cohort 2011 and before) or a CAP of 3.20 (for Cohort 2012 onwards)
 (ii) pass at least 8 level-4000 or higher Sociology approved modules:
  - up to a maximum of 2 level-5000 modules to fulfil this requirement (subject to Department’s approval)
  - the Honours Thesis (HT) is equivalent to 3 level-4000 SC modules (15 modular credits)

Bachelor’s Degree Classification (120 MCs) and Criteria:

Cohort 2011 and before
 Pass with Merit: CAP 3.20 and above
 Pass: CAP 2.00 – 3.19

Cohort 2012 onwards
 Pass with Merit: CAP 3.00 and above
 Pass: CAP 2.00 – 2.99

Honours Degree Classification (160 MCs) and Criteria:

Cohort 2011 and before

 1st Class Honours: CAP 4.50 and above, plus at least an ‘A-’ in the Honours Thesis (HT) +
2nd Class Upper : CAP 4.00 – 4.49
2nd Class Lower Honours: CAP 3.50 – 3.99
3rd Class Honours : CAP 3.20 – 3.49
Pass: CAP 2.00 – 3.19
+ Students with CAP of 4.50 and above but with B+ and below in the HT or did not read the HT shall be awarded a 2nd Class Upper Honours instead.

Cohort 2012 onwards

 Honours Highest Distinction): CAP 4.50 and above, plus pass* the Honours Thesis (HT)
Honours (Distinction): CAP 4.00 – 4.49
Honours (Merit): CAP 3.50 – 3.99
Honours: CAP 3.00 – 3.49
Pass: CAP 2.00 – 2.99  
 * With grades A+ to D

General Requirements For Minor Programmes

The following regulations apply for both the SC and CS Minor Programmes:
1. Modules read in fulfillment of the Minor Programmes must be graded.
2.Credit transfer of up to 8 MCs is allowed for students who have gone on overseas exchange, subject to the Department/Programme Director’s approval.
3. Up to 8 MCs can be used to satisfy both Major/another Minor and the SC/CS Minor requirements. However, the credits can only be counted once.
4. MCs read from UEMs may be used (partially or wholly) to satisfy the minor requirements. However, FASS students will still need to fulfill the MCs required for the UE outside Major requirements.
5. Recognised Minor modules read under Exposure, Breadth and GEM can be used to satisfy minor requirements at the same time. Please note that the Breadth modules must be from outside the student’s Faculty.

Sociology (SC) Minor Programme
Students must pass a minimum of
1. 24 MCs of Sociology modules which must include:
 - the essential module SC1101E
 - at least 8 MCs of level-3000 Sociology modules (excluding GEMs & SS modules offered by the Department)

Cultural Studies (CX) Minor Programme
1. Students must pass a minimum of 24 MCs of recognised CX Minor modules which must include:
 - the essential module SC3224: Theory and Practice in Cultural Studies

2. Five elective modules:
 - (i) A minimum of 8 MCs at Level-2000

 - (ii) A minimum of 8 MCs at Level-3000 (including SC3224 Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies)

Students are limited to taking a maximum of three modules from the same department (outside student’s major).

Note:
  • Students who have read XD3101 Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies prior to AY2010-11 can use it to fulfil the essential requirement of the minor.
  • From AY2010-11, students will read SC3224 Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies to fulfil the essential requirement of the minor.

Click here to see the CX Minor requirements in detail