Undergraduate Program

Sociology Major and Minor Information

The Department of Sociology offers a major and a minor in Sociology. 

Students applying to the major in Sociology with a grade of C+ or better in the introductory course will normally be accepted as majors in the department. At its discretion, the department may provisionally admit a student who fails to meet this requirement and then review its decision after the student completes the required theory (SOCI-202) and methods (SOCI-201) classes.

The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS) is the advisor for all department majors. Prospective majors must arrange for an interview with the DUGS.

Sociology Major. Students majoring in Sociology are required to take ten courses in the department: five core courses and five electives. The core consists of: Introduction to Sociology, Methods of Social Research, Sociological Theory, Social Statistics, and Senior Seminar where students write a senior thesis.
The Research Methods course should be taken in the fall semester of the senior year. Social Statistics is offered once a year. It should be taken the second semester of the junior year.
The Theory course may be taken in either fall or spring before the spring semester senior year.
The Senior Seminar is for seniors in their spring semester. The Seminar is a capstone course in which the primary effort is the conduct of a substantial social research project culminating with the writing of a significant senior thesis. The topic for the senior thesis must be chosen from a subject area in which the student has already taken some coursework.
The department strongly recommends that students select electives in a least two out of the five areas of specialization (see next page).

Sociology Minor. Requirements for the minor are Introduction to Sociology, either Methods of Social Research or Sociological Theory, plus four electives.

We strongly recommend that students take Introduction to Sociology before enrolling in other sociology courses. Introduction to Sociology is listed as a prerequisite for some upper division courses. Please consult with the course descriptions.


Effective November 14, 2013. Sociology majors should take Methods of Social Research (SOCI 201) in the fall semester of their senior year. They should take Social Statistics (SOCI 203) in the spring semester of their junior year. Social Theory (SOCI 202) will be available both semesters and should be taken before the spring semester of the senior year.

Sociology Major Requirements

General education courses
        SOCI-001 Introduction to Sociology
        SOCI-201 Methods of Social Research
        SOCI-202 Sociological Theory
        SOCI-203 Social Statistics
        SOCI-304 Senior Seminar
5 Sociology electives (strongly recommended to cover several specializations)

Areas of Specialization

Values, Community, and the Individual
SOCI-137 The Contemporary City
SOCI-209 The City and Urban Studies
SOCI-194 Criminology
SOCI-125 Death and Dying
SOCI-146 Martin Luther King and American Society
SOCI-245 Philanthropy and Social Change
SOCI-030 Social Deviance
SOCI-150 Social Intelligence in Everyday Life
SOCI-205 Social Justice Analysis: Theory and Practice (CBL Course)
SOCI-022 Social Problems

Social Inequalities
SOCI-154 Sociology of the One Percent
SOCI-161 Gender Roles
SOCI-180 Latino Sociology
SOCI-147 New Perspectives on the Black Ghetto Poor
SOCI-144 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI-140 Social Inequality
SOCI-158 Political Sociology

Culture and Institutions
SOCI-163 Education and Society
SOCI-145 Family and Society
SOCI-215 American Culture and Social Structure
SOCI-230 Family Interaction
SOCI-122 Hip Hop Culture: Origins, Meaning, and Consequences
SOCI-138 Identity and Religion
SOCI-170 Social Networks
SOCI-192 Law and Society
SOCI-136 Religion and Society
SOCI-193 Sociology of Criminal Justice
SOCI-123 Sociology of Hip Hop
SOCI-124 Sociology of Hip Hop: Jay Z
SOCI-143 Sport and Society
SOCI-174 Food, Culture and Politics

Society in Cross-Cultural Perspective
SOCI-132 Immigrants and New Societies
SOCI-257 Brazilian Society
SOCI-196 Comparative Law Enforcement
SOCI-222 Consumer Culture in East Asia
SOCI-249 Family and Gender in Japan
SOCI-164 Japanese Society
SOCI 537 Religion and Politics: Global Comparative Survey
SOCI-195 Sociology of Terrorism
SOCI-197 Transnational Crime
SOCI-297 Immigration and Crime

Social Change and Development
SOCI-151 Civil Rights Struggle: Jesse Jackson
SOCI-167 Globalization and Social Change
SOCI-166 Modernization and Development
SOCI-171 Globalization and Social Networking
SOCI-131 Population Dynamics
SOCI-168 Social Entrepreneurship and Change (CBL Course)
SOCI-155 Social Movements
SOCI-258 Inequality, Development and Social Change in Latin America
SOCI-225 [TPST 225] Theater as Social Change
SOCI-223 Visual Sociology and Consumer Technology
SOCI-134 Women and Development (sometimes a CBL course)

Minor Requirements in Sociology

SOCI-001 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI-201 Methods of Sociological Research or SOCI-202 Sociological Theory
4 electives (recommended to cover at least two areas of concentration)

(See the Sociology section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for course listings or the Sociology home page for more information)