2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, BA

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: College of Arts and Sciences


Prema Kurien
302 Maxwell Hall

Undergraduate Director

Gretchen Purser
400 Eggers Hall


Edwin Ackerman, Cecilia A. Green, Madonna Harrington Meyer, Prema Kurien, Scott Landes, Andrew London, Amy Lutz, Yingyi Ma, Shannon Monnat, Jennifer Karas Montez, Jackie Orr, Arthur Paris, Gretchen Purser, Rebecca Schewe, Nazanin Shahrokni, Merril Silverstein, Janet Wilmoth, Terrell Winder

Program Description

The undergraduate major in Sociology is designed to provide students with both a broad introduction to the field and an opportunity for concentration within the specialty areas of the department. In addition to required courses in sociological theory and qualitative and quantitative research methods, the department offers a variety of substantive courses in inequality studies (e.g., gender, class, race / ethnicity, sexuality, and disability); health; education; immigration; family, aging and the life course; population studies; criminology and criminal justice; and social policy.

In addition to substantive specialization in Sociology, the major emphasizes skill development in the areas of analytic reasoning, analytic writing, computer literacy, elementary qualitative and quantitative research, information retrieval, and report presentation. Opportunities for internship experiences and/or assisting in faculty research projects are available. Eligible majors are encouraged to participate in the senior thesis research culminating in a symposium where they present the results and interpretation of their own research project. The department has a Sociology Club and offers an annual undergraduate paper award that is supported by a generous gift from a donor.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Make connections between social structure and individual experience

2. Distinguish various theoretical perspectives

3. Critically evaluate information

4. Think and write analytically

5. Retrieve, collect, and analyze data

6. Present information and write papers

Additional Six Courses

The 30 credits include an additional six courses, five of which must be numbered above 299 (one of the additional courses may be taken at the 200 level). Eligible students may choose to complete a senior thesis (SOC 495 ) to fulfill one of the substantive courses.

Recommended for those Planning Graduate Study in the Social Sciences

Before Enrolling in the Other Courses

Students are advised to take

Additional Information

The required research methods courses should be taken in the sophomore or junior year.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: College of Arts and Sciences