Major and Minor in Sociology

Description of the Program (click here to see more):

The study of sociology enables students to appreciate the complexities of social life. The program in sociology is designed as a central component of the curriculum in Arts and Sciences and the University as a whole.

As a result of taking classes in sociology, students should develop an awareness of how sociologists produce knowledge when they do their work and of the relevance of sociological inquiry. In the effort to attain these general goals, major courses are designed to help students:

  • Critical Thinking and Communication:  Students will strengthen their critical thinking skills, in which they will become more adept at identifying and critiquing the implications of ideas as encountered in writing and speech.

  • Theory:  Students will demonstrate an ability to recognize and use social theory in their own inquiries and in written and spoken reports from that work.

  • Research Methods:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic social research methods and professional ethical standards, and be able to critically review and select those most appropriate to a particular inquiry.

  • Power/Social Arrangements/Ideology: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the central place of power in social arrangements and ideologies, and gain an awareness of their own social locations and participations in these patterns, ideas, and practices.

  • Inequality and Diversity:  Students will expand their awareness of inequality, difference and diversity, and deepen their understanding of systems of knowledge, identities, and structures of inequality with particular awareness of those based on race, ethnicity, class, age, gender and sexuality.

  • International/Intercultural:  Students will recognize themselves as having particular social locations in international and interculturalcontexts.  Students will gain awareness of how systems of knowledge, identities, and structures of inequality are shaped by international and intercultural social relations.

  • Community Engagement:  Students will develop an awareness of their responsibility as engaged citizens and demonstrate a capacity to apply sociological knowledge in settings outside of the classroom.

In sum, our students should develop sociological imaginations - an ability to appreciate and articulate the connection between personal biography, social structure, and human history, and bring this imagination to focus in the effort to understand local, national and global communities. Students must be intellectually and personally stimulated by their classroom experiences, must be able to think critically about those experiences and about the larger social arena in which their work has relevance, and gain a sense of the moral and ethical implications of the production and application of sociological knowledge.

The major prepares students for careers in contemporary society and for graduate study in sociology and in other professional fields. Additionally, the sociology major enhances student preparation for effective participation the community, and society at large.


Requirements for the Sociology Major:

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING FALL 2006 and AFTER: (see below for requirements prior to Fall 2006)
A minimum of 37 credit hours of coursework in sociology to include the following:

1. One entry level course: Entry level courses are those number 1 through 25. They all provide an introduction to the field of sociology.

2. Two theory intensive courses: Anthropology courses taken to fulfill the methods or theory intensive requirement for the sociology major may be taken in addition to the 6 hour allowance for anthropology courses.   Students must complete two theory intensive courses. Courses currently fulfilling this requirement are:

  • SCSA 101: Feminist Anthropology: Gender, Culture, and Power
  • SCSS 070: Psyche, Self and Society
  • SCSS 076 (new number pending): Sociology of Everyday Life
  • SCSS 080: Social Problems
  • SCSS 133: Sociological Theory
  • SCSS 135: Technoscience Culture and Practice
    SCSS 150: New Materialist Feminisms
  • SCSS 176: Documenting Lives
  • SCSS 151: Criminology
  • SCSS 170: Deviance
  • SCSS 173: Global Citizenship
  • SCSS 174: Feminist Theories of Subjectivity
  • SCSS 175: Social Stratification
  • SCSS 178: Gender, Technology, and Embodiment

3. Two methods intensive courses: Students must complete two methods intensive courses. Courses fulfilling this requirement are:

  • SCSS 077: The Art of the Interview
  • SCSS 155 : Global Youth Studies
  • SCSS 156: Representing Race
  • SCSS 157: Sociology of the Sixties
  • SCSS 159: Methods of Social Research
  • SCSA 156: Ethnographic Methods
  • STAT 050: Statistics for the Social Sciences


4. Capstone: Senior Capstone Course.  Students entering prior to Spring 2013 should discuss options with adviser.  Students entering Spring 2013 or later should enroll for the Senior Capstone Seminar.


5. Elective Courses: An additional six elective courses (18 hours) in sociology. Up to six hours of Anthropology courses may be used to satisfy this elective requirement.


6.  Please be aware:

One course (3 credits) in any SCS program offering: (Rhetoric, Geography, Study of Culture and Society interdisciplinary major) may be included as an elective in addition to Anthropology.

Transfer courses may not be used to fulfill the theory intensive, methods intensive or capstone requirements.

In order to graduate with an Anthropology and Sociology Major, students must earn grades of C or higher in each core course. Students completing the Sociology major may not earn a major in Anthropology and Sociology.

FOR STUDENTS ENTERING PRIOR TO FALL 2006: 34 credit hours, 15 elective credits; No SCS (Study of Culture and Society) elective.


The Sociology Minor

Requirements for the minor in Sociology are:

Minimum of 18 hours of coursework in sociology to include one entry level course and an additional 15 hours of sociology courses to be selected in consultation with a sociology advisor. A maximum of six hours in Anthropology courses may be a part of the 18 hours required for the minor. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be applied toward the sociology minor.