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The Sociology BA Program:
Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all sociology majors must complete one of the following concentrations (42–48 credits):

  1. Sociology (self-design)
  2. Globalization, Communities, Social Change
  3. Social and Health Advocacy
  4. Education and Society

Concentration 1: Sociology (42–45 credits)

  1. SOC 1500/Introduction to Sociology: 3 credits
  2. SOC 3015/Proseminar in Sociology I: 1 credit
  3. SOC 3016/Proseminar in Sociology II: 1 credit
  4. SOC 3405/Research Methods: 4 credits
  5. SOC 3850/Sociological Theory: 4 credits
  6. At least four sociology electives, chosen from Group A, B, and C (at least one in each group): 13–16 credits
  7. One internship, study-abroad opportunity, or community-action independent study, chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor: 4 credits
  8. SOC 3885/Sociology Junior Seminar: 4 credits
  9. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  10. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Group A: Sociological Perspectives on Individual Behavior
SOC 2365/Self and Society
SOC 3035/Birth and Death
SOC 3054/Personal Transformation and Social Change
SOC 3155/Sociology of the Body and Embodiment
SOC 3255/Images in the Social World (added Fall 2015)
SOC 3265/Urban Ecology and Animal Studies (added Fall 2015)
SOC 3455/Conflict Management and Mediation
SOC 3655/Sociology of Childhood (added Spring 2015)
SOC 3670/Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 4030/Seminar in Sociological Issues

Group B: Social Institutions
SOC 3175/Science, Medicine, Culture
SOC 3203/Introduction to Teaching
SOC 3235/Social Organizations
SOC 3287/Science and Technology Studies (title revised Fall 2014,
    prefix changed Spring 2015)

SOC 3435/Religion, Culture, and Society
SOC 3475/Surveillance, Technology, Society
SOC 3500/Sociology of Education
SOC 3595/Public Health: Selected Topics (added Spring 2016)
SOC 3615/Families, Communities, Cultures
SOC 3670/Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 4030/Seminar in Sociological Issues

Group C: Inequality and Change
SOC 1030/Cultural Activism in Latin America
SOC 2020/Human Sexuality
SOC 2140/Race and Ethnicity
SOC 2165/Culture, Consumption, and the City
SOC 2210/Sociology of Gender
SOC 2255/Environmental Sociology
SOC 2440/Class, Power, Privilege
SOC 2500/Urban Sociology
SOC 2750/Social Activism, Memory, and Human Rights
SOC 3052/Community Organizing, Action, Service
SOC 3056/Global Social Movements
HIS 3115/Sex Radicals in the 19th-Century U.S.
SOC 3125/Social and Cultural Studies of Food
SOC 3145/Social Entrepreneurship
SOC 3255/Global Populations, Local Problems
SOC 3275/Critical Disability Studies
SOC 3365/Social Movements, Action, Advocacy (added Spring 2015)
VIS 3500/The Arts for Social Change
SOC 3515/Education Across Cultures (added Fall 2016)
SOC 3565/Society and Public Policy
SOC 3585/Communities, Ethnicities, and Exclusion
SOC 3660/International Migration Today
SOC 3670/Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 3705/Masculinities: Feminist Perspectives
SOC 3725/Globalization, Culture, Social Change: Latin
   America
SOC 3755/Sexuality and Society (added 5/05/14)
SOC 4030/Seminar in Sociological Issues

Concentration 2: Globalization, Communities, Social Change (42–44 credits)

  1. SOC 1500/Introduction to Sociology: 3 credits
  2. SOC 3015/Proseminar in Sociology I: 1 credit
  3. SOC 3016/Proseminar in Sociology II: 1 credit
  4. SOC 3405/Research Methods: 4 credits
  5. SOC 3850/Sociological Theory: 4 credits
  6. Three of the following courses, including at least one upper-level course (10–12 credits):
    SOC 2255/Environmental Sociology
    SOC 2500/Urban Sociology
    SOC 2750/Social Activism, Memory, and Human Rights
       in Argentina
    SOC 3052/Community Organizing, Action, Service
    SOC 3054/Personal Transformation and Social Change
    SOC 3056/Global Social Movements
    SOC 3145/Social Entrepreneurship
    SOC 3255/Global Populations, Local Problems
    SOC 3365/Social Movements, Action, Advocacy (added Spring 2015)
    SOC 3455/Conflict Management and Mediation
    SOC 3515/Education Across Cultures (added Fall 2016)
    SOC 3585/Communities, Ethnicities, and Exclusion
    SOC 3660/International Migration Today
    SOC 3670/Contemporary Sociological Theory
    SOC 3725/Globalization, Culture, Social Change: Latin
       America
    SOC 4030/Seminar in Sociological Issues
    Any relevant anthropology course
    Any relevant environmental studies course
  7. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    SOC 2140/Race and Ethnicity
    SOC 2210/Sociology of Gender
    SOC 2440/Class, Power, Privilege
  8. One internship, study-abroad opportunity, or community-action independent study, chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor: 4 credits
  9. SOC 3885/Sociology Junior Seminar: 4 credits
  10. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  11. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Concentration 3: Social and Health Advocacy (47–48 credits)

  1. SOC 1500/Introduction to Sociology: 3 credits
  2. SOC 3015/Proseminar in Sociology I: 1 credit
  3. SOC 3016/Proseminar in Sociology II: 1 credit
  4. SOC 3405/Research Methods: 4 credits
  5. SOC 3850/Sociological Theory: 4 credits
  6. Three of the following courses (12 credits):
    SOC 3035/Birth and Death
    SOC 3125/Social and Cultural Studies of Food
    SOC 3155/Sociology of the Body and Embodiment
    SOC 3175/Science, Medicine, Culture
    SOC 3255/Global Populations, Local Problems
    SOC 3265/Urban Ecology and Animal Studies (added Fall 2015)
    SOC 3275/Critical Disability Studies (added 5/05/14)
    SOC 3287/Science and Technology Studies (title revised Fall 2014,
        prefix changed Spring 2015)

    SOC 3365/Social Movements, Action, Advocacy (added Spring 2015)
    SOC 3435/Religion, Culture, and Society
    SOC 3475/Surveillance, Technology, Society
    SOC 3585/Communities, Ethnicities, and Exclusion
    SOC 3595/Public Health: Selected Topics (added Spring 2016)
    SOC 3615/Families, Communities, Cultures
    SOC 3655/Sociology of Childhood (added Spring 2015)
    SOC 3670/Contemporary Sociological Theory
    SOC 4030/Seminar in Sociological Issues (added 5/05/14)
    Any relevant policy-based political science course
  7. Two of the following courses (6–7 credits):
    SOC 2020/Human Sexuality
    SOC 2140/Race and Ethnicity
    SOC 2210/Sociology of Gender
    SOC 2440/Class, Power, Privilege
    SOC 3455/Conflict Management and Mediation
    SOC 3585/Communities, Ethnicities, and Exclusion (added 5/05/14)
  8. One internship, study-abroad opportunity, or community-action independent study, chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor: 4 credits
  9. SOC 3885/Sociology Junior Seminar: 4 credits
  10. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  11. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Concentration 4: Education and Society (46–48 credits)

  1. SOC 1500/Introduction to Sociology: 3 credits
  2. SOC 3015/Proseminar in Sociology I: 1 credit
  3. SOC 3016/Proseminar in Sociology II: 1 credit
  4. SOC 3405/Research Methods: 4 credits
  5. SOC 3850/Sociological Theory: 4 credits
  6. Three of the following courses (11–12 credits):
    SOC 3203/Introduction to Teaching
    SOC 3255/Global Populations, Local Problems
    SOC 3275/Critical Disability Studies
    SOC 3455/Conflict Management and Mediation
    SOC 3500/Sociology of Education
    SOC 3515/Education Across Cultures (added Fall 2016)
    SOC 3585/Communities, Ethnicities, and Exclusion
    SOC 3615/Families, Communities, Cultures
    SOC 3655/Sociology of Childhood (added Fall 2016)
    SOC 3660/International Migration Today
    SOC 3670/Contemporary Sociological Theory
    PSY 2500/Adolescent Psychology or
        PSY 2650/Child Development
  7. Two of the following courses (6–7 credits):
    SOC 2140/Race and Ethnicity
    SOC 2210/Sociology of Gender
    SOC 2440/Class, Power, Privilege
    HIS 3466/To Enjoy Our Freedom:
        African American History Since 1865 or
        HIS 3635/Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in the U.S.
  8. One internship, study-abroad opportunity, or community-action independent study, chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor: 4 credits
  9. SOC 3885/Sociology Junior Seminar: 4 credits
  10. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  11. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Note: An additional writing course is recommended for students in Concentration 4.

Refer to The Senior Project for additional information.


Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2014:

  • SOC 3016/Proseminar in Sociology II (1 credit) added to the requirements for each concentration.
  • The senior project (formerly SOC 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now SPJ 4990/Senior Project I and SPJ 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each.

Updated Oct. 13, 2014

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