• This page outlines requirements for the degree in Sociology (BA, Sociology). Students can also study this subject as a minor or as part of a self-designed program (BA or BS, Liberal Arts).

    Requirements for the Sociology Major (BA, 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). Completion of the major in Sociology requires 13 courses, distributed as follows:

    Required Courses

    LSOC 2001 Sociological Imagination

    One (1) LSOC classical theory course (4 credits)

    One (1) LSOC contemporary theory course (4 credits)

    One (1) LSOC sociological methods course (3-4 credits)

    Eight (8) LSOC electives (32 credits)

    One (1) senior capstone, either Senior Seminar or Independent Thesis (4 credits)

    Total Credits: 50-52

    Requirements Worksheet

    Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the chair of the program. Students are encouraged to download the Program Requirement Worksheet for sociology to track their progress. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill major requirements.