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Major Requirements

Applicable for the 2016-2017 academic year.


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) (e.g., Inequality: Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality). 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]
  • At least one 300-level theory intensive course (taken after SO228 has been completed)
  • SO450 Senior Thesis (2 credits) [4th year]

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.