Majoring & Minoring


Although it is a diverse field, sociology is united in its (1) acknowledgment that race, gender and class deeply affect our perceptions and lived experiences, (2)  focus on intergroup comparisons and (3) recognition of the sociological imagination as the foundation of the discipline. 

The sociology major is designed to help students think critically about the link between our daily experiences and the larger social structures which surround us. 

 Students seeking a major in Sociology will complete the requirements for a BA degree. The major in Sociology is built around a cumulative curriculum. 100 level courses are introductory.  200-700 level courses are upper level and most require prerequisites.  900 level courses are capstone, tutorial, independent study, internship and honors.Skills are built at each level of the curriculum.

Majors considering graduate school or careers in Social Work or Public Health are strongly encouraged to register for an Academic Internship.

Major in Sociology
Eight courses (Majors consist of a minimum of 30 credits.
  • SOC34-114 Social Patterns and Processes or SOC34-124 Social Problems
  • ANT35-104 Introduction to Anthropology
  • SOC34-204 Research Methods (to be taken prior to the senior year)
  • SOC34-214 Sociological Theory (to be taken prior to the senior year)
  • SOC34-964 Senior Research Seminar (Capstone, to be taken in the fall of the senior year)
  • One course from (which must be taken prior to the Capstone course):
    • SOC34-264 Race and Ethnicity
    • SOC34-274 Childhood and Youth
    • SOC34-314 Social Class in the U.S.
    • SOC34-334 Latina/Os & Education in U.S.
    • Two additional courses in Sociology, at least one of which is upper level, and one of which may be an upper-level Anthropology course
Required supporting course in the Sociology major:
  • MAT52-114 Introduction to Statistics
Additional requirement for the Sociology major:
  • Successful completion of a senior oral examination during the last semester of study.

Minor in Sociology

Five courses (Minors consist of a minimum of 18 credits
  • SOC34-114 Social Patterns and Processes or SOC34-124 Social Problems
  • Four additional courses in Sociology, three of which must be above the introductory level