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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Sociology


The Sociology Major

The Department of Sociology offers two undergraduate degrees. Students may elect to earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. The sociology requirements are the same for each. Please see the Undergraduate Studies Bulletin and the Guidelines for Advisement for the different requirements in mathematics, humanities, and social sciences for each degree.

The pre-major and the major requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better.

I. Pre-major Requirements

A. SOCY 101 Introductory Sociology--prerequisite for all other sociology courses.

B. SOCY 220 Elementary Statistics for Sociologists--prerequisite for SOCY 300, 310, and 320. It can be met by satisfactorily completing PSYC 227, MGSC 291, STAT 201 or an equivalent course in quantitative methods. The department encourages sociology majors to take SOCY 220.

 

II. Major Requirements 

A. OLD CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE DECLARED SOCIOLOGY MAJORS PRIOR TO FALL 2014:

Any TWO of the following three courses are required:

SOCY 300 - Social Structures (also the prerequisite for SOCY 500 to 509)

SOCY 310 - Social Demography (also the prerequisite for SOCY 510 to 519)

SOCY 320 - Individual and Society (also the prerequisite for SOCY 520 to 529 & 557)

Note:  Students who are declared major prior to Fall 2014 may, at their choosing, follow the new curriculum in II. B. below.

 

B.  NEW CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE IN THEIR FIRST SEMESTER AS A DECLARED SOCIOLOGY MAJOR IN FALL 2014:

SOCY 302 - Sociological Theory

SOCY 303 - Sociological Research Methods (pre-requisite is SOCY 302)

 

C. FIVE sociology courses at the 300-level or above in addition to requirement # 1. The department offers a variety of courses that explore particular areas of social life, such as the family, minority groups, aging, children and youth, collective behavior, sex roles, social problems, inequality, death and dying, education, and more.

 

D. TWO 500-level courses. These are intended to be small, junior/senior level seminars.