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Department of Sociology Majors and Minors

The WSU Sociology Department offers a major and a minor. Sociology courses 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 and five additional Sociology course electives. Students should take 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)
  • 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)
  • 12 hours of Sociology electives (9 hours in 300-400 level courses)
Academic and Career Advising

Advising plays a valuable role in the success of our undergraduates. Sociology’s Academic Coordinators work with all students who are interested in sociology in addition to students who are certified sociology majors and minors. Sarah Whitley provides career advising for all Pullman sociology majors. She helps students identify courses that will help them achieve their career goals, link skills developed in academic courses to the job market, and build an effective record that will contribute to job market success. Students will benefit from meeting with Sarah early in their academic career.

Our advisors are also 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.

Contact information for our advisors


Syllabi for Sociology Spring 2017 Courses