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Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)

Major

The Sociology major consists of nine 4-point courses (36 points). Students majoring in Sociology must fulfill the following requirements:

  • One introductory course chosen from the following:
    • Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1)
    • Introduction to Sociology: Honors (SOC-UA 2)
    • Great Books in Sociology (SOC-UA 3)
  • Research Methods (SOC-UA 301)
  • Statistics for Social Research (SOC-UA 302)
  • Sociological Theory (SOC-UA 111)
  • Two advanced seminars chosen from: SOC-UA 934, 936, 937, 938. When offered, Research Practicum in Qualitative Methods (SOC-UA 801) may substitute for one of the seminars.
  • Three electives in Sociology

Students must earn grades of C or better in their major courses. Of the nine courses required for the major, transfer students must take at least five (20 points) here in the College of Arts and Science.


Minor

The Sociology minor consists of four 4-point courses (16 points): one introductory course (as above), plus three other courses in Sociology. Students must earn grades of C or better in their minor courses.

Of the four courses required for the minor, transfer students must take at least two (8 points) here in the College of Arts and Science.


Honors Program

Students with at least a 3.65 GPA both overall and in the major (or who have permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies) may elect to participate in our honors program.

In the Fall of their senior year, all honors students register for the first term of the Senior Honors Research Seminar (SOC-UA 950), in which they develop and structure their research projects. The faculty member teaching the course assists the students in finding substantive and methodological advisers among the faculty.

Students complete their thesis in the Spring semester of senior year. They register for the second term of the Senior Honors Research Seminar (SOC-UA 951) and work under the supervision of their selected adviser.

One semester of the Honors Research Seminar sequence may substitute for one of the two advanced eminars required for the major.

Honors students are also encouraged to take graduate courses when appropriate. These courses should stimulate and deepen understanding of sociology and enhance the quality of the final thesis. This should be done in consultation with their advisers.


Social Theory Honors Program

Students in this specialized honors program take a graduate social theory course in place of one elective course.


Advanced Social Research Methods Honors Program

Students in this specialized honors program take a graduate methods or statistics course in place of one elective course.