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.

The sociology department's purpose is to:
1. Prepare majors for graduate or professional school.
2. Train students to conduct social research.
3. Develop in students an awareness of the nexus between sociology and international and cross-national issues.
4. Expose students to major sociological theorists (including those who have historically been excluded because of race, gender, sexual preference, etc.)
5. Promote sociological thinking and train students to apply sociological concepts to real-world solutions.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the sociology major, the student will:
1. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts relevant to social theory, research methods and the major substantive areas of sociology.
2. Design and conduct an empirical study and demonstrate proficiency in data analysis.
3. Identify the major theorists in sociology and demonstrate knowledge of their major contributions to the discipline of sociology.
4. Recognize diversity as an explanatory variable within and across societies.
5. Apply specific sociological concepts, theories, and principles to real-world situations

  1. Major
  2. Joint Major
  3. Major Schedule
  4. CORE

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.


First Year, Fall Semester (15 cr.)

CORE 100 New Student Orientation 1 cr.
CORE 150 Composition 1 3 cr.
CORE 131 Mathematics 3 cr.
FREN or SPAN 101 Elem. French or Spanish I 4 cr.
General elective 4 cr.

First Year, Spring Semester (16 cr.)

CORE 160 Composition II & Oral Communication 3 cr.
FREN or SPAN 102 Elem. French or Spanish II 4 cr.
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 4 cr.
CORE 120 Critical Thinking: Course: Application of the Paul/Elder Model 2 cr.
General Elective 3 cr.

Second Year, Fall Semester (15 cr.)

CORE 260 Humanities: Thought and Experience 3 cr.
FREN or SPAN 200 Intensive Intermediate French or Spanish 4 cr.
Sociology elective 4 cr.
General elective 4 cr.

Second Year, Spring Semester (15 cr.)

SSCI 280 Methods and Statistics for Social Research 4 cr.
CORE 201 Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship 3 cr.
CORE (Group A) Cultural Exposure 3-4 cr.
Sociology elective 4 cr.

Third Year, Fall Semester (16 cr.)

CORE (Group B) Analytical Skills 3-4 cr.
CORE (Group C) The Arts 3-4 cr.
Sociology elective 4 cr.
General elective 4 cr.

Third Year, Spring Semester (16 cr.)

SOC 374 Social Theory 4 cr.
CORE (Group D) Natural Science 4 cr.
Sociology elective 4 cr.
General elective 4 cr.

Fourth Year, Fall Semester (15 cr.)

SOC 499 Senior Seminar 4 cr.
CORE (Group E) Social Science 3-4 cr.
Sociology elective 4 cr.
General elective 3 cr.

Fourth Year, Spring Semester (12 cr.)

CORE 360 The World & Its Peoples 4 cr.
General electives
8 cr.
Total hours required for graduation: 120 cr.

Group A (Choose one of the following)

ART 291 African- American Art
ART 292 African Art
ENG 275 African-American Literature
HIS 180 African History
HIS 270 African-American History
MUS 200 World Music
MUS 206 Crosscurrents in African and African-American Music

Group B (Choose one of the following)

CORE 132 Mathematics II, 3 cr.
BAD 200 Applied Calculus for Business and Economics
BAD 260 Applied Statistics
MATH 125 Discrete Mathematics
NSCI 360 Statistics
80 Statistics for the Social Science Research

Group C (Choose one of the following)

CORE 220 Creative Arts, 8 cr.
MUS 207 20th Century Music
MUS 208 History of Jazz
ART 207 Arts and Ideas I
ART 208 Arts and Ideas II
MUS 205 Music in America

Group D (Choose CORE 240 or any two science disciplines from the list below)

CORE 240 Natural Science
BIOL 101, 101L General Biology and General Biology Lab
CHEM 118, 108L General Chemistry and Experiments in General Chemistry
PHYS 180, 180L University Physics and University Physics Lab

Group E (Choose one of the following)

ECON 230 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 240 Principles of Macroeconomics
HIS 160 United Stated History
PSCI 122 American Political Systems
PSY General Psychology
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology