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Department of Sociology Majors and Minors

The WSU Sociology Department offers courses at Pullman, Vancouver and the Tri-Cities Campuses, as well as online. Major and Minor programs are available at Pullman and Vancouver. Courses at all campuses may also contribute to a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, and some sociology courses meet program requirements for interdisciplinary areas of study, such as Public Affairs, Women’s Studies, and Criminal Justice.


Majoring in Sociology

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, five additional Sociology course electives, and 24 hours of coursework in related areas.

  • 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • 310 Development of Social Theory (3 credits)
  • 317 (M) Research Methods in Sociology (3 credits) Requirement for Pullman Majors
  • 320 : Introduction to Social Research (3 credit hours) Requirement for Vancouver Majors
  • 321 Quantitative Techniques in Sociology I (4 credits)
  • 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)
Minoring in Sociology

Students minoring in Sociology are required to take 18 hours of Sociology course work and must maintain a C average. The 18 hours includes two required courses and four additional Sociology electives.

  • 101 : Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • 320 : Introduction to Social Research (3 credit hours) Requirement for Pullman and Vancouver Minors
  • 12 hours of Sociology electives (9 hours in 300-400 level courses)
Academic Advising

Advising plays a valuable role in the success of our undergraduates. Sociology’s Academic Coordinators Douglas Juneau (Pullman) and Lindy Volk (Vancouver) – whose contact information is provided below – work with all students who are interested in sociology in addition to students who are certified sociology majors and minors. They are happy to speak with high school students considering sociology as a field of study, first year WSU students who have not decided on a specific major, and transfer students from community college or four year universities. Sarah Whitley (Pullman) provides career advising for all Pullman sociology majors.

Contact information for our advisors

  • Academic Advising:  Douglas J.; (509) 335-4597;Wilson-Short 204C; WSU Pullman
  • Career Advising:  Sarah Whitley provides career advising for all Pullman sociology majors.; Wilson-Short 207; WSU Pullman




Syllabi for Sociology Spring 2017 Courses