Departments & Programs


Major in Sociology

The major is designed to acquaint students with basic principles, methods, and findings in sociology and to provide students with an opportunity to discover and to understand the social nature of their world. Provision is made for students who wish to acquire a general background as well as for those who wish to develop particular interests in a subfield of sociology. The major provides a foundation for careers in many professional fields, such as law, social service administration, and business, as well as for graduate training as professional sociologists in government, business, community agencies, research organizations, or universities.

Required Courses

Students must complete 27 credit hours of course work as follows:

  1. S100.
  2. One additional course from S101, S105, S110, S122, S201, S210, S215, S217, S220, S230.
  3. S340, S370, and S371.
  4. Nine credit hours at the 300 or 400 level (excluding S340, S370, S371, and the 400-level capstone course).
  5. One 3 credit 400-level Capstone Seminar. (The following courses do not qualify as Capstone Seminars: S491, S492, S493, S494, and S495.) With approval of the honors thesis director, S498 or S499 may be counted toward this requirement.

Students must complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.