The required courses for a major in sociology provide students with a fundamental understanding of sociological theory, methods, and social statistics. Beyond these core requirements, elective courses are offered on a range of important sociological themes, including gender and family, social structure and personality, education, race and ethnicity, immigration, political sociology, international development, and the evolution of a world social system. Requirements are listed below and on the Office of Academic Advising-Sociology Checklist.
- 230.101 Introductory Sociology
- 230.202 Research Methods for the Social Sciences
- 230.205 Introduction to Social Statistics
- 230.213 Introduction to Social Theory
- At least one of the following: 230.322 Quantitative Research Practicum, 230.323 Qualitative Research Practicum, or 230.325 Global Social Change & Development Practicum.
- Six elective courses in the department, at least four of which must be at the 300-level or above. Credits from one or two credit courses may be combined to satisfy this requirement, but no more than one of the six electives can be completed this way.
- Three elective non-departmental courses carrying an “S” designation in at least two other departments or programs.
A grade of C or better is required in ALL courses. For students declaring their major before Fall 2012, one grade of C- is allowed in the core curriculum classes (none are allowed in the electives).
Foreign language study is strongly encouraged for majors, especially those considering graduate or professional study.
See Undergrad Handbook 2012-13 for more details.