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:
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.
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.