Sociology

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Sociology Major Requirements

The Sociology Department requires majors to complete 10 courses, including:

  1. Statistics (SOC 260)
  2. Theory (SOC 370, SOC 372, or another new theory course)
  3. Research Methods (SOC 390, SOC 391, or another new methods course)
  4. Second theory or methods course
  5. At least one 400-level senior seminar course*
  6. 5 other courses, 2 of which must be 300+ level

No more than two independent research courses may count toward the major. 

*A student may choose to write a senior thesis but must receive department approval. Theses will be done by independent study (SOC 495). To earn honors, a student must write a thesis.

Honors

A major desiring to become a candidate for honors in sociology must apply in writing to the department at the beginning of the fall semester of the senior year. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.2 and a GPA of 3.5 in all course work taken in the major. In order to receive honors, a student must, in addition to maintaining this level of performance, receive a grade of at least A- on the Senior Thesis (SOC 495) as well as departmental recommendation.

To see whether honors is the right path for you, consult with a professor in the department.

Placement & Prerequisites

Sociology 101:

  • Provides an introduction to the discipline
  • Limited to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors. 

Courses at the 200 level with the exception of SOC 260 (Statistics):

  • Provide an introduction to substantive topics within the field
  • Open to students at all levels. 

Courses at the 300 level:

  • Focus on theory, methods, and more advanced topics
  • While open to students at all levels, a previous course in sociology is recommended.

Courses at the 400 level:

  • Are advanced seminars
  • Contact the instructor for permission to enroll. 

All courses are open to non-majors.

Cultural Diversity Requirement

Sociology 205, 261, 340, and 430 are options that fulfill the cultural diversity requirement.

Additional information about the sociology major is available in the College Catalog.