Sociology Major

Students who major in sociology must complete thirty hours of sociology courses including:

  • Sociology 201, Introductory Sociology
  • Sociology 311, Sociological Theory and Social Policy
  • Sociology 423, Research Methods
  • Sociology 424, Field Inquiry

At least one course in the area of Social Change selected from the following:

  • Sociology 310, Urban Sociology
  • Sociology 325, Sociology of Aging and the Life Course
  • Sociology 360, World Population Issues
  • Sociology 366, Social Movements

At least one course in the area of Social and Cultural Variations selected from the following:

  • Sociology 303, Sociology of the Contemporary South
  • Sociology 362, Social Inequality
  • Sociology 363, Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology 364, Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Sociology 370, Third World Underdevelopment and Politics

Majors must also complete a graded paper portfolio containing three papers:

  • a research paper with data analysis
  • a paper presenting different viewpoints on social issues
  • a paper including discussion of at least one sociological theory

An academic advisor will work closely with the student in the selection of other departmental courses to complete the major.

Specific course work is recommended for students pursuing various interests. For example, students interested in social/human services might chose from the following courses:

  • Sociology 206, Social Problems
  • Sociology 302, Marriage and Family
  • Sociology 303, Sociology of the Contemporary South
  • Sociology 309, Criminology
  • Sociology 310, Urban Sociology
  • Sociology 325, Sociology of Aging and the Life Course
  • Sociology 360, World Population Issues
  • Sociology 362, Social Inequality
  • Sociology 363, Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology 364, Race and Ethnic Relations

Students interested in global studies/international issues might include the following courses:

  • Sociology 206, Social Problems
  • Sociology 310, Urban Sociology
  • Sociology 326, Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • Sociology 360, World Population Issues
  • Sociology 362, Social Inequality
  • Sociology 363, Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology 366, Social Movements
  • Sociology 370, Third World Underdevelopment and Politics

Students wanting to pursue applied administrative or criminal justice positions might want to take:

  • Sociology 206, Social Problems
  • Sociology 302, Marriage and Family
  • Sociology 303, Sociology of the Contemporary South
  • Sociology 309, Criminology
  • Sociology 310, Urban Sociology
  • Sociology 326, Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • Sociology 360, World Population Issues
  • Sociology 362, Social Inequality
  • Sociology 363, Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology 364, Race and Ethnic Relations

Students planning to pursue graduate studies might include

  •  Sociology 311, Sociological Theory and Social Policy
  •  Sociology 312, Social Psychology
  • Sociology 326, Sociology of Work and Occupations
  •  Sociology 360, World Population Issues
  •  Sociology 362, Social Inequality
  •  Sociology 442, 446, or 448, Direct Studies, Readings, and Research to pursue studies in an area of interest.

Additionally, students pursuing graduate studies in sociology might want to take an additional statistics course (e.g., STAT 319 or 320).