Sociology | Academic Advising Handbook

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Sociology is housed in the Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Law and Society Department. The department offers the following majors and minors:

Contents

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

The Sociology major must complete the courses in the following tables with a grade of C- or better and maintain a 2.0 average in the major. 

Other Requirements: 16 credits in sociology, in addition to those required below, must include at least 12 credits of 300+ level courses. With these and the required 30 below, the Sociology Major will total 46 credits.

Note: The department is flexible about accepting anthropology courses to satisfy sociology requirements, by approval. Students are encouraged to speak with the department chair.

First Year, Pre-Req Course

Sociology majors should only take a 100 level course in sociology as a preparatory course for upper-division sociology courses (SOC 110, SOC 120, SOC 130, SOC 150). Each of the 100 level courses offers a specific thematic introduction to the discipline of sociology. Students who plan to become Sociology majors should take one or the other of these courses during their first year.

One of the following: 4 credits
SOC 110 Understanding the Apocalypse
SOC 120 Image, Society, and Identity
SOC 130  Stump the Sociologist
SOC 150 Special Topics in Introductory Sociology

200 & 300 Level Requirements

200 and 300 courses require some familiarity with the language and concepts of the discipline of Sociology and/or Anthropology; therefore, we require a prerequisite course or prerequisite courses before they may be taken. Upper-division students who have performed well in other social science courses may ask for permission from the instructor to be admitted to these upper-division courses without the usual prerequisites.

One of the following: 4 credits
SOC 202 Public Sociology
SOC 203 Social Change
SOC 230 Special Topics in Public

Junior & Senior Year Requirements

Students should fulfill the methods requirement before spring of their Junior year by taking two of the following three courses: SOC 300, SOC 301, and/or SOC 302. SOC 323 (Junior Seminar) Should be taken in the Junior year.  SOC 414 (Social Theory) is also required of the major; it should be taken in the fall of the junior or senior year. SOC 490, 494 and 495 should be taken in the senior year.

Two of the following: 8 credits
SOC 300 Qualitative Research 4
SOC 301 Social Statistics 4
SOC 302 Survey Research 4
All of the following: 30 credits
SOC 323 Junior Seminar 2
SOC 414 Sociological Theory 4
SOC 490 Advanced Research Methods 4
SOC 454 Senior Seminar 2
SOC 495 Senior Thesis 2
SOC Additional Credits in SOC (ANTH by approval)  16

Sixteen additional credits in sociology, which must include at least twelve credits of 300+ level courses. Anthropology courses by approval. 


Minor Requirements

Any student interested in a Sociology minor should consult with a faculty member in the Sociology Department before the end of the sophomore year. The Sociology minor must complete the courses in the following tables with a grade of C- or better and maintain a 2.0 average in the major. 

Other Requirements: 12 credits in sociology, in addition to those required below, must include at least 8 credits of 300+ level courses. With these and the required 8 below, the Sociology Minor will total 20 credits.

Note: The department is flexible about accepting anthropology courses to satisfy sociology requirements, by approval. Students are encouraged to speak with the department chair.

Pre-Req Course

One of the following: 4 credits
SOC 110 Understanding the Apocalypse
SOC 120 Image, Society, and Identity
SOC 130 Stump the Sociologist
SOC 150 Special Topics in Introductory Sociology

200 & 300 Level Requirements

One of the following: 4 credits
SOC 202 Public Sociology
SOC 203 Social Change
SOC 250 Special Topics in Public Sociology

 

Updated: June 2018