Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    Jun 13, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, B.A.

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Requirements for the Major:

Students complete a twelve course major and are required to take

Additionally, seven Sociology electives:


Majors may include within their seven remaining elective courses up to two cognates from political science, psychology, economics, history, philosophy and/or anthropology with approval of the department advisor. Courses in the Sociology Department include a variety of choices in areas such as community, family, health and medicine, public policy, the environment, diversity and change and crime and justice.

Requirements for Honors in Sociology:

The student must fulfill the following requirements: (1) achieve a cumulative index of 3.30 or better; (2) a minimum index of 3.30 in all sociology courses; (3) completion of requirements for the sociology major or an interdepartmental major; (4) three grades of “A” or “A minus” in the major; and (5) at least a grade of “A minus” on the senior thesis. To be eligible for membership in the Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society, the student must fulfill all of the above requirements for honors and also have a class standing in the upper third.

Course Selection Guidelines

Common Curriculum (CC): In the Common Curriculum, all sociology courses count towards fulfillment of the social science requirement. Note that Quantitative Social Research Methods does not count toward the Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning (QMR) requirement.  

Course Sequencing for Majors: Majors are encouraged to fulfill the methods and theory requirements SOC 300  and SOC 305  prior to beginning their senior thesis. Students should note that these courses are generally offered only in the fall (SOC 300  ) and winter (SOC 305  ) terms each year.

Courses Suitable for Non-Majors: All upper level elective courses are suitable for non-majors who have completed SOC 100  .

Course Numbering: SOC 100  or the permission of the instructor is a prerequisite for all other courses in the sociology department unless otherwise noted. While 200-level courses are not “easier” than 300-level courses in terms of workload, the 300-level courses generally assume a greater working knowledge of sociological theory and methods.


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