Degree Requirements

The Sociology Major requires the completion of 36 or 39 credits, depending on concentration.

Required Courses (27 credits)

  • AN110 Human Cultural Diversity
  • SO110 Sociological Imagination
  • SO372 Sociological Theory (Pre: AN110, SO110, 2 sociology electives)
  • SO373 Applications of Sociological Theory (Pre: SO372, SO 382, Co: SO383)
  • SO382 Methods of Social Research (Pre: AN110, SO110, 2 sociology electives)
  • SO383 Applications of Social Research (SO 372, SO382, Co: SO 373)
  • SO398 Senior Seminar in Sociology (Pre: SO373, SO 383)
  • SO___ Sociology Elective Course (other than course used towards one of the Sociology Concentrations)
  • SO___ Sociology Elective Course (other than course used towards one of the Sociology Concentrations)

Requirements for the General Sociology Concentration (9 credits)

  • SO392 Sociology Internship (Pre: SO373, SO 383)
  • Two (2) courses from the following list:
    • SO201  Poverty and Inequality in the U.S. (Pre: SO110)
    • SO239  Diversity and Oppression in Contemporary Society (Pre: SO110)
    • SO258  Society and the Environment (Pre: SO110)
    • AN___  Anthropology elective

Requirements for the Teaching Concentration (9 credits)

  • Three (3) courses from the following list:
    • SO216  Changing Families (Pre: SO110)
    • SO238  Youth and Contemporary Society (Pre: SO110)
    • SO239  Diversity and Oppression in Contemporary Society (Pre: SO110)
    • AN___  Anthropology elective

Requirements for the Social Research Concentration (12 credits)

  • SO242 Statistics for Social Research (Pre: SO110) (to be taken prior to SO382)
  • SO392 Sociology Internship (Pre: SO373, SO 383)
  • Two courses from the following list:
    • SO240 Studying Changing Human Populations(Pre: SO110)
    • SO254 Society and Economic Change (Pre: SO110)
    • AN250 Doing Ethnography: Qualitative Research in the Social Sciences (Pre: AN110 or SO110)

Academic Advisors
All Sociology majors must be assigned a Sociology advisor as early as possible during their college years. The structure of the curriculum demands that students make sure that they are properly advised in order for them to meet the requirements. Each student is free to choose his/her advisor provided this advisor has not already reached a number of advisees who will make it difficult for him/her to properly serve his/her advisees. In this case, the student will be assigned an adviser by the Sociology Program faculty.  

The faculty advisor for the Sociology program is Professor Stephen Lilley, Ph.D.


SO398 The Senior Seminar in Sociology
The scientific core of the junior year immerses students in sociological theory and methods of research, and the Senior Seminar in Sociology takes this one step further by having the students synthesize them in practice. Rather than simply learn sociology, they do sociology. They take on the role of practitioner, a vital step in the career of a sociologist.

This seminar serves as a transition between college study and the profession of sociology. Writing the thesis provides the student direct experience with what is entailed in sociological scholarship. By promoting a mentor-mentee relationship the senior is provided with a role model and advocate. And finally, examples of applied sociology demonstrate to students how they can practice sociology in a variety of settings. Thus, the seminar not only promotes the skills but also the professional identity necessary for success in graduate study or careers in the public and private sectors.

The format of the seminar, its intensity, and the encouragement of a professional identity strongly reinforce and complete the seniors' experience as a class.