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Major Requirements

To see more information about the sociology major -- defining elements of the discipline, career paths of majors, methodological skills developed through our curriculum, and requirements -- download the sociology major information sheet.

Sociology Major (11 credits total)

A good way to enter the major is through our First Year Experience courses, Thinking Sociologically (FE137) and Law & Society (SO240). Alternatively, students may enter through any of our 100-level courses, including Thinking Sociologically (SO100), Art and Society (SO105), Inequality (SO107), Gender Inequality (SO112), Racial Inequality (SO113), Creativity: Theory and Practice (SO115), Global Inequality (SO116), Deviance and Social Control (SO118), Environmental Sociology (SO130), or any of our topics courses (SO190). Any one of these courses will satisfy the prerequisite for 200-level courses in the curriculum.

Required courses (6 credits) [recommended timeline indicated in brackets]

  • SO228 Social Theory [2nd year; no later than 3rd year]
  • SO229 Sociological Research Design [2nd year; no later than 3rd year]
  • Either SO301 Quantitative Research Methods or SO302 Qualitative Research Methods [3rd or 4th year]
  • One 300-level theory intensive course* after SO228 has been completed
  • SO450 Senior Thesis (2 credits) [4th year]

       *Students may enroll in such classes prior to SO228, but at least one such class should be completed after SO228 Social Theory

Electives (5 credits)

  • We recommend taking at least three of the five electives at the 200- or 300-level.

For more information on the major, contact Professor Wade Roberts.