Students can study sociology as a major (BA), a minor (non-Liberal Arts majors), or a guided area of study (Liberal Arts majors). Students are encouraged to download the Program Requirement Worksheet for Sociology to track their progress. 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.
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).
Major in Sociology
Completion of the major in Sociology requires 13 courses, distributed as follows:
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 division of 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.
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
Guided Area of Study
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts cannot elect an academic minor, but they can pursue a guided area of study in Sociology. Students interested in this option should consult with an advisor.