Students can study sociology as a major (BA, Sociology), as a minor, or as part of a self-designed program (BA or BS, Liberal Arts). Only specific courses satisfy the major or minor requirements, including electives. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the chair of the program. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill major or minor requirements.

Major in Sociology


The Sociology major consists of four elements, roughly corresponding to progress through the undergraduate career: Introduction; Exploration and Specialization; Advanced Theory and Method; and Creation. Learn about each element, including its timing and sequence in the Guidelines to the Sociology Major (PDF). Students are encouraged to download the Program Requirement Worksheet for Sociology to track their progress. Completion of the major in Sociology requires 13 courses, distributed as follows:

Required Courses

LSOC 2001 Sociological Imagination

One (1) LSOC classical theory course

One (1) LSOC contemporary theory course

One (1) LSOC sociological methods course

Eight (8) LSOC electives

One (1) senior capstone, either Senior Seminar or Independent Thesis

Total Credits: 52

Minor in Sociology

Undergraduate students from any college in the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select the minor in Sociology. This minor designed to enhance students’ understanding of how society works and how social changes affect our lives. Special emphasis is placed on skills and knowledge that enable students to critically reflect on prevailing social relations in everyday life.

Required Courses   

Two (2) core courses:

  • 1 LSOC theory course (Classical or Contemporary Sociology, or Sociological Imagination)
  • 1 LSOC sociological methods course (Statistics or another methods course)

Three (3) LSOC electives, two of which must be 3000 level or higher

Total Credits: 18-20

Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect an academic minor; however, they can pursue deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this option, contact an academic advisor and read more about the self-designed option at Lang.