Requirements for the Major:

Majors take a total of eleven courses in sociology. These must include the following five core courses, which are designed to complement the various electives a student selects, by providing a more structured foundation in the methods and theories used by sociologists, as well as an opportunity to conduct original sociological research.

  • Sociology 204- Theoretical Foundations of Sociology
  • Sociology 205- Research Methods for Sociology
  • Sociology 395- Junior/Senior Research Seminars in Sociology (majors must take at least two of these, although they are welcome to take more and apply those to the major as electives)
  • Sociology 405 – Senior Capstone
  • Sociology 457 or 458- Senior Thesis (at least one Sociology 395 is required before students can enroll in Sociology 457 or 458)

The remaining five courses are electives. One of these may be a short-term unit in the Department of Sociology, and one independent study course can normally be applied to the major as well. Students may select any five courses, offering substantial flexibility is adapting the major to each individual student’s interests and goals.