Sociology Requirements

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

Students applying to 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 Undergraduate Program Director (UPD) is the advisor for all majors and minors. Prospective majors and minors must schedule an interview with the UPD.


Students majoring in Sociology are required to take ten courses in the department, including five required courses and five electives. The required courses consist of: Introduction to Sociology, Methods of Social Research, Sociological Theory, Social Statistics (offered only in the Fall), and Senior Seminar (offered only in the Spring).

Preferably, the Theory and Statistics courses should be taken during the junior year. The Senior Seminar is for spring semester seniors. The Methods course should be taken in either the spring semester of the junior year or fall semester of the senior year. In the Methods course students write a proposal for the research that will be the basis for their senior thesis which is done in the Senior Seminar in the spring semester of the senior year. Majors should consult with the Undergraduate Program Director about studying abroad and any unusual plans for completing the requirements. The department strongly recommends that students select electives in a least two out of the five areas of specialization (listed below).


The Social Justice Analysis (SJA) concentration has been suspended. However, the social justice courses will continue to be offered but not as frequently.


1 Introduction to Sociology
1 Methods of Social Research
1 Sociological Theory
1 Social Statistics
Senior Seminar
5 Sociology electives (recommended to cover several specializations)


Values, Community, and the Individual

American Culure and Social Structure
Barack Obama and Race
City and Urban Studies
Civil Rights Struggle: Jesse Jackson
Community Conflict Resolution
Contemporary City
Death and Dying
CBL: Global Inequalities & Social Justice
Introduction to Justice & Peace (if taught by a sociologist)
Martin Luther King and American Society
CBL: Neighborhoods, Poverty, and Inequality in Washington DC
Social Intelligence in Everyday Life
CBL: Social Justice Analysis: Theory and Practice
Social Problems

Social Inequalities

Gender Roles
New Perspectives on the Black Ghetto Poor
Race & Ethnic Relations
Political Sociology
Social Inequality

Culture and Institutions

Consumerism in East Asia Societies
Education and Society
Family and Society
Family Interaction
Identity and Religion
Law and Society
Medical Sociology
Race, Society, and Cinema
Religion and Politics: Global Comparative Study
Religion and Society
Sociology of Criminal Justice
Sociology of Hip Hop
Sport and Society

Society in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Brazilian Society
Comparative Law Enforcement
Family and Gender in Japan
Japanese Society

Social Change and Development

Feminist Theory (if offered via the Sociology Department)
Gender and Social Movements
Globalization and Social Networking
Innovation and Change
Modernization and Development
CBL: Philanthropy and Social Change
Political Economy of Northeast Asian Societies
Religion and Globalization
CBL: Social Entrepreneurship and Change
Social Movements
Sociology of Terrorism
Transnational Crime Control
CBL: Women and Development


Requirements for the minor are Introduction to Sociology, either Methods of Sociological Research or Sociological Theory, plus four electives. It is recommended that the four electives be selected from at least two areas of specialization.

Minor Requirements

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

(For course listings for Sociology see