The curriculum in sociology is designed to introduce students to the sociological perspective, which explores social structures, cultural factors, and other variables that intersect with, and influence, individual lives. Courses address a wide range of social phenomena, from patterns of everyday interaction to social and political revolutions. Sociology as a discipline focuses on recognizing and analyzing social determinants that shape our lives. That focus offers a unique potential not only for understanding society, but also for social action and social change.

The curriculum offers a variety of 100- and 200-level courses introducing sociology and many of the specific topics and issues addressed by sociologists. Most 200-level courses are open to first-year students and have no prerequisites. The core courses for the major also begin at the 200 level. These core courses focus on developing the skills and tools necessary for a more advanced application of a sociological perspective, preparing students for more advanced course work and thesis research.

The methods and substantive areas of sociology provide an excellent background for a wide range of careers in fields such as government, public policy, law, social research, community work, social activism, health, human services, social work, counseling, education, business, human resources, advertising, and market research, as well as a strong foundation for graduate study in sociology and a variety of applied or related areas including law, criminal justice, social work, business, public policy and public administration, urban and community planning, health care administration, public health, education, survey research administration, and journalism.

More information on the department, including career information, is available on the website (

Major Requirements

1) All of the following:
SOC 204. Theoretical Foundations of Sociology.
SOC 205. Research Methods for Sociology.
SOC 405. Senior Capstone in Sociology.
SOC 457 or 458. Senior Thesis.

2) Seven additional sociology courses, at least two of which must be at the 300-level. One Short Term sociology course and one independent study in sociology may also be taken to fulfill the major, but neither of these can count as one of the two 300-level courses.

Majors planning to study abroad should consult the FAQs for study abroad on the department's website (

Pass/Fail Grading Option

Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the major.