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Major Requirements

Applicable for the 2019-2020 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), Inequality in the U.S. (SO101), Art and Society (SO105), 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 (5 credits) [recommended timeline indicated in brackets]

  • SO228 Development of Sociological Thought [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]
  • SO450 Senior Thesis (2 credits) [4th year]

Electives (6 credits)

  • No more than three 100-level electives may count toward the major
  • At least one 300-level elective must be completed prior to undertaking senior thesis (SO450)
  • SO451 Senior Seminar does not count toward the major
  • Study abroad programs that include a sociological element may contribute 1 elective (at the 100-level) toward the major