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Sociology Major Requirements

To major in sociology, you must complete 10 sociology courses through which you will gain a broad familiarity with the discipline as a whole, including methods of investigation and theoretical underpinnings.

Requirements include the following.

  • Social Statistics (SOC 201)
  • Theory (SOC 370, SOC 372, or another new theory course)
  • Advanced Methods (SOC 390, SOC 391, or another methods course)
  • Second theory or methods course
  • One 400-level senior seminar course (either the capstone or an independent study for a thesis)*
  • Five other courses, two of which must be 300+ level

As a major, you should seek guidance from your adviser and consider the below models in planning your sociology courses.

Model 1 (Recommended track + Grad school prep)

In this model, we provide recommendations for when you should take your required courses. We think that, during your second year, you should take theory, methods, and statistics because it will prepare you for summer research, study abroad research, and your senior thesis. During one of your semesters in your junior year, you can take the second theory or method course. When you return from studying abroad, you will have just two course left, an elective and your capstone or thesis. We encourage all students do a senior thesis.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate work, we recommend that you take another theory and methods course and take on an honor’s thesis. You should also take the GRE during your senior year.

Model 2 (Just in time or double major)

If you discovered your interest in sociology a bit late in the game, during your second year, this model is for you. Or, if you already declared a major during your first year but want to add sociology as a second major, this model is for you. With this model, you have a little less flexibility in your course order. During your sophomore and junior years, take stats, theory, or methods, in whatever order as dictated by the course offering, and fulfill a few electives. We still recommend that you study abroad. When you return, you can take your second theory or method course and fill out the rest of your electives and take a capstone course or conduct your senior thesis research.

Model 3 (maximum flexibility)

If you want maximum flexibility with your sociology major, choose this route, that spreads the courses over your four years so that you can have enough space in your schedule to be pre-med, have a minor, and maybe even another major. The only difference between this model and Model 1 is that you may not get to take courses in the order that we recommend. So, during your sophomore and junior years, take stats, theory, or methods, in whatever order as dictated by the course offering, and fulfill a few electives.