The Sociology program offers students knowledge and resources to search systematically for answers to questions about society. Sociology students develop a sociological imagination, which is the ability to grasp the close relationship between personal experiences and the larger social world. Our majors study social and cultural forces that shape individual and group behavior using a variety of scientific methods such as surveys, interviews, observation, and content analysis. By studying and critically assessing sociological theories, sociology students also describe, interpret, and explain how the world works.
Core courses provide excellent training in sociological concepts, theories, and methods. Electives focus on topics like the environment, popular culture, families, inequalities, race and ethnicity, crime and deviance, anthropology, and global society. Sociology majors may also engage in community research, service-learning projects, internships, and travel through coursework. Students with a bachelor's degree in sociology are well prepared for graduate and professional studies and careers using their interpersonal skills and specialized knowledge in the areas of education, social services, human rights, health and wellness, justice, advocacy, and research.
Integrative Studies Requirements
40 credits minimum
To receive a degree in Sociology, a student must earn a grade C or better in the following core courses: ISSOC 125, ISANTH 110 or ISANTH 111, SOC 301, SOC 303, and SOC 305. Courses may be retaken once to meet this requirement. If, after taking the course a second time, a student has not achieved the required grade, the student should meet with the student's advisor or the department chair to discuss implications.
ISSOC 125 Introduction to Sociology
Select one of the following courses:
- ISANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology
- ISANTH 111 Archeology and Physical Anthropology
SOC 301 Sociological Research Methods
SOC 303 Sociological Quantitative Analysis
SOC 305 Sociological Theory
Select one of the following:
- CJS 461 White-Collar Crime
- CJS 463 Law and Society
- CJS 469 The Sociology of Punishment
- CJS 471 Women and Crime
- CJS 473 Race and Crime in the Media
- CJS 490 Advanced Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies
- HGS 427/SOC 427 Rwandan Society and Genocide
- SOC 433 Social Movements
- SOC 450 Mind, Self, and Society
- SOC 455 The Body and Sexuality in Society
- SOC 472 Sociology of Health and Medicine
- SOC 475 Social Stratification
- SOC 480 Political Sociology
- SOC 485 Science and Society
- SOC 490 Advanced Special Topics in Sociology
Twelve (12) major credits (SOC/ISSOC/ANTH/ISANTH/CJS) must be taken at the 300 level or higher. Eight (8) credits from ANTH/ISANTH or CJS may be used toward major electives. ISSOC 125 does not apply.
Students may not combine a Sociology major with Anthropology/Sociology as a second major/dual major. Sociology majors who wish to do more advanced study in Anthropology should add an Anthropology minor, or complete only the Anthropology/Sociology major.
Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits for the degree.
Motivated sociology students may participate in an advanced program of research culminating in graduation with Honors in Sociology. Students electing to participate in this program complete all requirements for the Sociology major plus 8 credits of SOC 499 Senior Honors Thesis during the two semesters of the senior year.
Admission to the Honors Program is based on:
- Self-nomination after completion of 80 credits with an overall and major GPA of 3.50 or above.
- Support of an Honors Committee consisting of a faculty sponsor and two other faculty members, one of whom may be from a department other than Sociology. The Honors Committee will interview the student prior to enrollment in SOC 499 and notify successful applicants of their admission prior to enrollment.
- Completion of, or enrollment in, at least five sociology courses, including SOC 301, SOC 303, and SOC 305. Final admission requires successful completion of those Sociology courses enrolled in at the time of application for admission to the Honors Program.
At the end of the senior year, each participant:
- Submits a final written report on the Honors work for approval by his or her Honors Committee.
- Presents the results of his or her work and responds to questions about the project and its relationship to the larger body of sociological knowledge, in a colloquium open to the public.
- The student's Honors Committee votes on whether or not to accept the Honors project.
Students successfully completing all facets of the Honors Program and having an overall and major GPA of 3.50 or above will graduate with Honors in Sociology.