Sociology Program Requirements
- Kristjane Nordmeyer (Co-Chair)
- Mark Rubinfeld (Co-Chair)
- To enhance critical, analytical, and integrative thinking skills
- To improve writing and other communication skills
- To be able to understand, evaluate, and conduct different types of social research
- To develop global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness
- To gain an understanding of the discipline’s concepts, foundations, and perspectives
Sociology offers an academic major and minor leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. In simplest terms, sociology is the study of social life including social interactions, relationships, groups, organizations, and institutions. In studying the cultural, interactional, and institutional dimensions of society, students learn about the social world in the broadest sense of the term, as well as the social actions, policies, and transformations that can help make a lasting, positive difference in the lives of the people that make up that world. Covering so many facets of social organization and behavior, sociology is a foundational degree for just about any occupation or career that involves working with people. Students are encouraged to use their learning and experience in applied settings such as internships, seminars, and directed studies.
Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better in courses required for the sociology major and minor. Students may apply up to twelve credits from any courses in the sociology-related fields of justice studies (JUST), political science (PLSC), and psychology (PSYC) toward fulfilling the elective requirements of the sociology major; students may apply up to four credits from any courses in the above-listed sociology-related fields toward fulfilling the elective requirements of the sociology minor.
Students have the opportunity to take an internship and may apply a maximum of 4 credit hours of internship coursework to the major. Majors must have completed SOC 390 before they can take SOC 470.
The sociology program allows for the double dipping of up to eight credits from courses in the sociology-related fields of justice studies (JUST), political science (PLSC) and/or psychology (PSYC) that can be applied toward fulfilling the elective requirements of the sociology major and, similarly, allows for the double dipping of up to four credits from courses in the above sociology-related fields (JUST, PLSC, PSYC) that can be applied toward fulfilling the elective requirements of the sociology minor.
Students must meet the university-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Sociology major:
- 124 total hours
- 30 upper division hours
- WCore or Honors College requirements
|I. World Language Requirement
|Sociology majors must complete eight (8) credit hours in a single world language.
|II. Lower Division Courses
|III. Upper Division Sociology & Related Courses
|Total Hours for the Sociology Major
|SOC 105* (freshman or sophomore year)
SOC 205 (freshman or sophomore year)
Sociology students may earn an optional concentration in Gender and Sexuality or Social Work and Social Welfare by completing three courses (12 credits) in the following two areas:
|Gender and Sexuality (Must complete Gender in Society and Sociology of Sexualities plus one more of the remaining two courses)
|Social Work and Social Welfare (Must complete Social Work and Social Welfare Policy plus one more of the remaining two courses)
Credits from sociology Special Topics classes, May Terms classes, and May Term Trips/Study Abroad Experiences that explicitly cover one of these two concentrations may be applied to that concentration with instructor’s permission.
|I. Required Courses
|Total Hours for the Sociology Minor