2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Sociology, BA

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Merril Silverstein
302 Maxwell Hall

Undergraduate Director

Edwin Ackerman
329 Eggers Hall


Edwin Ackerman, Aaron Benanav, Sean Drake, Amy Fairchild, Jennifer Flad, Selina Gallo-Cruz, Marc Garcia, Madonna Harrington Meyer, Gabriela Kirk-Werner, Prema Kurien, Scott Landes, Andrew London, Amy Lutz, Yingyi Ma, Elizabeth Martin, Shannon Monnat, Jennifer Karas Montez, William Oliver, Arthur Paris, Gretchen Purser, Kaitlyn Quinn, Rebecca Schewe, Merril Silverstein, Hao-Wei Wang, Rick Welch, Janet Wilmoth

Affiliated Faculty

Peter Blanck, Linda Carty, Catherine Garcia, Chandra Mohanty, Theresa Selfa, Danielle Smith, David Sonnenfeld

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.

For all Arts and Sciences|Maxwell students, successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in this major requires a minimum of 120 credits, 96 of which must be Arts and Sciences|Maxwell credits, completion of the Liberal Arts Core requirements, and the requirements for this major that are listed below.

Dual Enrollments:

Students dually enrolled in Newhouse* and Arts and Sciences|Maxwell will complete a minimum of 122 credits, with at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences|Maxwell coursework and an Arts and Sciences|Maxwell major.

*Students dually enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences|Maxwell as first year students must complete the Liberal Arts Core. Students who transfer to the dual program after their first year as singly enrolled students in the Newhouse School will satisfy general requirements for the dual degree program by completing the Newhouse Core Requirements.

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. Be able to retrieve, collect, and analyze data

6. Be able to present information and write papers

7. Be able describe and explain social inequality

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.

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