Sociology & Anthropology

The program in sociology seeks to offer to the sociology major the knowledge and skills necessary for pursuing graduate studies and for careers in the professions such as law, medicine, business, teaching, research, government, planning and human services.

Sociology studies how human beings live in groups and in societies, and how they judge the meaning of their social lives. Sometimes sociologists begin with the individual and observe how the commitments of social factors bind them together in social relationships and result in the production of beliefs, values, and behaviors. At other times sociologists begin with cultural traditions, societies, and even entire civilizations and study the different cultural designs, the social organizations, and the modes of consciousness according to which people both in conflict and in cooperation order their shared lives.

Sociology fosters reflective self -understanding in students through the appreciation of their own and others' underlying commitments. It also cultivates the ability of human beings to act adequately in the various social worlds in which they live.

Majors in sociology will find it helpful to become closely acquainted with at least one other discipline in the humanities or the social sciences, such as history, English, economics, religion, or psychology. Joint majors and interdisciplinary studies are encouraged by the faculty in sociology.

  1. Major
  2. Joint Major

Requirements for the undergraduate major in sociology, in addition to the University degree requirements specified within this Bulletin, are:

Course in sociology (minimum of 32 cr.)

Course NumberCourse Name
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology
SOC 374Social Theory
SOC 499Senior Seminar

Twenty (20) hours of electives in sociology are chosen in consultation with and with the approval of a departmental advisor.

Required cognates (4 cr.)

Course NumberCourse Name
SSCI 280Methods and Statistics for Social Research

Normally taken in the sophomore year, with a prerequisite of Core Mathematics, College Algebra or a higher level mathematics course.

Joint majors, combining sociology with another concentration, are encouraged by the Department of Sociology and may be arranged according to the usual University regulations. The student who chooses to pursue a joint major in sociology and another discipline must complete the required courses in sociology (SOC 100, SOC 374, and SOC 499), and at least three additional courses in sociology, and the required cognate course in social science (SSCI 280).

The joint major requires a minimum of 24 credits in sociology and the approved number of credits in the other major. The joint major will have an advisor from the faculty in sociology as well as from the other major.