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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.

      Required Courses:
  • 101 : Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • 320 : Introduction to Social Research (3 credit hours)
    • Electives:
  • 12 hours of Sociology electives (excluding 101 and 320)
  • 9 of the elective hours must be in 300-400 level courses
At-Risk Youth Minor

Students pursuing the At-Risk Youth minor are required to take 18 hours of Sociology coursework and must maintain a C average. The 18 hours includes four required courses and two additional Sociology electives.

  • 352: Youth and Society
  • 360: Social Deviance
  • 362: Juvenile Delinquency
  • 368: Drugs and Society
  • 6 hours of Sociology electives
    • SOC 346 Sociology of Education
    • SOC 351 The Family
    • SOC 361 Criminology
    • SOC/CJ 367 Juvenile Justice and Corrections
Sustainable Organizational Leadership Certificate

Students pursuing the Sustainable Organizational Leadership Certificate are required to take 15 hours of Sociology and/or Business coursework and must maintain a C average. The 15 hours includes three required courses and two additional Sociology and/or Business courses.

  • MGMT 301: Principles of Management and Organization
  • SOC 332: Sustainability in Society
  • SOC 340: Social Inequality
  • 6 hours of Sociology and/or Business electives
    • SOC 335 Shopping and Society
    • SOC 336 Sociology of Food
    • SOC 430 Society and Technology
    • SOC 474 Social Movements and Entrepreneurship
    • HBM 381[M] Hospitality Leadership and Organization Behavior
    • MGMT 401 [M] Leading People and Organizations
    • MGMT 483 [M] Management of Innovation and Change
    • MGMT 487 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
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