Skip to main content Skip to navigation
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:

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)


Helpful Links

4 Year Program Plan