Overview of the Sociology Major
The major in Sociology provides students with a rigorous understanding of the ways in which social relations and settings shape a range of individual and group experiences and outcomes, with an emphasis on how various forms of inequality are created and propagated through time. Reflecting the diversity of social settings that motivate sociological inquiry, students will enroll in multiple introductory-level courses. We intend that these first courses will help students develop a sociological lens through which they can better understand the baseline determinants of inequality, social order, and change. Because the discipline draws on diverse theoretical and methodological tools to engage with these core issues, required coursework ensures that students develop expertise in classical and contemporary theoretical concepts as well as both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Upper-level seminars provide majors and minors with an opportunity to apply these substantive, theoretical, and methodological foundations to a focused and deep study of specific sociological topics. The major additionally features a capstone experience, enabling students to deploy sociological tools to undertake original work connected with a research project, internship, practicum, or honors thesis.
(a) Introductory requirement (6 credits total): Any two 100- or 200-level sociology courses. (Students may substitute an upper-level sociology course for an introductory course with approval of their major advisor.)
(b) Theory requirement (3 credits): SOC 3001: Social Theory
(c) Methods requirement (6 credits): SOC 3030: Introduction to Research Methods and SOC 3050: Sociological Statistics. Students may substitute Math 2200, Math 3200, or a disciplinary statistics course from another social science with the approval of their major advisor.
(d) Upper-level sociology electives (15 credits): Any five 300- or 400- level courses
(e) Capstone (3 credits)
To be fulfilled in two parts. First, attendance at a minimum of five department-sponsored events (this co-curricular requirement can be fulfilled at any point following a student’s initial declaration as a Sociology major.) We will maintain a list of qualifying events on our website and our department administrator will coordinate a sign-in procedure to verify attendance at events. Second, majors will choose one of the following options:
i. One-unit research paper tied to upper-level seminar (SOC 4900)
ii. Internship or practicum (SOC 4910)
iii. Honors thesis
Students who opt for internship or thesis options may apply those credits toward requirement (d), meaning that – in addition to their thesis or internship – they would need to complete four additional 300/400-level courses.
(a) Introductory requirement (3 credits total): One 100- or 200-level sociology course
(b) Theory requirement (3 credits): SOC 3001: Social Theory (offered every year)
(c) Methods requirement (3 credits): Either SOC 3030: Introduction to Research Methods OR SOC 3050: Sociological Statistics
(d) Additional upper-level sociology electives (6 credits): Any two 300- or 400- level courses
Courses taken pass/fail and courses in which a student earns less than a C– do not fulfill major or minor requirements.