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Department of Sociology Majoring in Sociology

Sociology Major

Students majoring in Sociology are required to take 31 hours of Sociology course work, and must maintain a C average in their Sociology courses. The 31 hours include five required core courses and five additional Sociology course electives.

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 305 Degree & Careers (1 credit, Recommended but not Required)
  • SOC 310 Development of Social Theory (3 credits)
  • SOC 317 (M) Research Methods in Sociology (3 credits)
      • Exceptions to this requirement are routinely given to students double-majoring in Criminal Justice, Human Development or Psychology and have passed CRM_J 311, HD 310, or PSYCH 312 respectively.  Students take SOC 300 to meet the [M] and total credit requirement.
  • SOC 321 Quantitative Techniques in Sociology I (4 credits)
      • Exceptions to this requirement are routinely given to students double-majoring in Criminal Justice or Psychology and have passed CRM_J 321 or PSYCH 311 respectively. Students take additional Sociology credits to meet the total credit requirement.
  • Capstone Experience (choose one of the following):
    • SOC 495 (M) Capstone: Internship (3 credits) (Available online in the summer)
    • SOC 497 (M) Capstone: Research Practicum (3 credits) (Available fall and spring)

Students must also complete 15 credits of elective courses in sociology and 12 credits in a concentration area, half of which must be in 300-400-level courses. Concentration courses enable students to individualize their programs of study to best meet their academic and career goals. Students select concentration courses from a department-approved list and in consultation with an academic adviser.  (See a sample Schedule of Studies in Course Catalog:  https://www.catalog.wsu.edu/Pullman/Academics/DegreeProgram/9988)

Current Concentrations
Work and Family (SOC 251, 340, 351, 384, 390);
Crime, Deviance, and Social Control (SOC 360, 361, 362, 364, 368, 461);
Sustainable Societies (SOC 332, 334, 335, 336, 430, 474);
General Sociology & Related Fields (e.g., Criminal Justice, Psychology, Human Development, Honors and others listed as Concentration Electives in course catalog)

 

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