Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers an A.B. in Sociology and a minor in Sociology.

Major in Sociology

Students seeking to major in Sociology with a grade of C+ or better in the introductory course will normally be accepted as majors in the department. At its discretion, the department may provisionally admit a student who fails to meet this requirement, and then review its decision after the student completes the required theory (SOCI-202) and methods (SOCI-201) classes. The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS) is the advisor for all department majors. Prospective majors must arrange for an interview with the DUGS. We strongly recommend that students take Introduction to Sociology before enrolling in other sociology courses. Introduction to Sociology is listed as a prerequisite for some upper division courses. Please consult with the course descriptions.

Students majoring in Sociology are required to take ten courses in the department: six major core courses, two Core Topic Lectures, and two Advanced Seminars. The six required core courses are as follows: Introduction to Sociology, Methods of Social Research, Sociological Theory, Statistics for Social Research, and a two-part Senior Seminar: Data Collection/Analysis and Analysis & Writing.

Sociological Theory, Methods of Social Research, and Social Statistics should be taken during the junior year. In the Methods course students write a proposal for the research that will be the basis for their senior thesis, which is completed in the Senior Seminar in the senior year. Majors should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies about studying abroad or any unusual plans for completing the requirements.  

Course Offerings

Courses in the Sociology Department are divided into four categories, including the Required Core Courses which all majors must take.

Core Topics Lectures introduce students to the main subfields of Sociology, including gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, education, social inequality, social movements, crime and deviance, and demography. The below list is not exhaustive:

SOCI-178, Capitalism: Culture, Markets and Power
SOCI-194, Criminology
SOCI-171, Culture and Consumption
SOCI-163, Education and Society
SOCI-145, Family and Society
SOCI-132, Immigrants and New Society
SOCI-192, Law and Society
SOCI-166, Modernization and Development
SOCI-158, Political Sociology
SOCI-131, Population Dynamics
SOCI-159, Privilege and Powerlessness
SOCI-144, Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI-136, Religion and Society
SOCI-140, Social Inequality
SOCI-155, Social Movements

SOCI-170, Social Networks

SOCI-179, Sociology of Food

SOCI-161, Sociology of Gender
SOCI-109, Sociology of Health and Illness
SOCI-160, Sociology of Sexualities
SOCI-209, The City: Approaches to Urban Studies

Advanced Seminars enable students to develop in-depth knowledge of particular subjects through intensive seminars. Recent advanced seminars include courses about gentrification, poverty in America, the changing American family, the Obama presidency, public housing, Brazilian society, transgender issues, food justice movements, and social intelligence. The below list is not exhaustive:

SOCI-148, Barack Obama and Race
SOCI-190, Black Writers on White Identity
SOCI-257, Brazilian Society
SOCI-226, Consumer Culture in East Asia
SOCI-162, Education Policy
SOCI-273, Food, Farms and Society
SOCI-222, Gentrification, Justice and the Future of Cities
SOCI-157, Global Power Elites
SOCI-191, Interpersonal Violence
SOCI-284, Happiness and Society
SOCI-223, Public Housing: Theory and Practice
SOCI-139, Race, Color and Culture
SOCI-133, Race, Society and Cinema
SOCI-310, Religion and Globalization
SOCI-154, Sociology of the One Percent
SOCI-153, The Politics of Community
SOCI-134, Women and Development

Special Topics Lectures provide a lecture-style course that covers other special areas within the discipline, including courses on hip hop, death and dying, transnational crime, and happiness.  The below list is not exhaustive:

SOCI-196, Comparative Law Enforcement
SOCI-125, Death and Dying
SOCI-249, Family and Gender in Japan
SOCI-123, Sociology of Hip Hop
SOCI-195, Sociology of Terrorism
SOCI-165, Sociology of the Middle East
SOCI-126, Sociology and Culture: Beyonce
SOCI-143, Sport and Society

Requirements for the A.B. in Sociology (Beginning with the Class of 2022)

  • SOCI-001 Introduction to Sociology (before junior year)
  • SOCI-201 Methods of Social Research (junior year)
  • SOCI-202 Sociological Theory (junior year)
  • SOCI-203 Statistics for Social Research (before senior year)
  • SOCI-303 Thesis Research – Data Collection & Analysis (fall of senior year)
  • SOCI-304 Thesis Research – Analysis & Writing (spring of senior year)
  • Two (2) Core Topics Lectures
  • Two (2) Advanced Seminars

Requirements for the A.B. in Sociology (for students graduating 2021 or before)

  • SOCI-001 Introduction to Sociology (before junior year)
  • SOCI-201 Methods of Social Research (fall of senior year)
  • SOCI-202 Sociological Theory (before spring of senior year)
  • SOCI-203 Statistics for Social Research (before spring of senior year)
  • SOCI-304 Senior Seminar (spring of senior year)
  • Two (2) Core Topics Lectures
  • Two (2) Advanced Seminars
  • One (1) Additional Elective from Core Topics Lectures, Advanced Seminars, and Special Topics Lectures 

Integrated Writing Within the Sociology Major

The Department of Sociology offers a wide array of courses which fulfill the integrated writing requirement. After taking a first General Education course focused on writing, the second such course which sociology majors will take must come from among selected sociology offerings.  Our majors get to choose from among those courses we designate as Integrated Writing courses (occasionally abbreviated below as “IW”).  

Sociology Courses with Integrated-Writing (IW) Strategies:  Race,Color, Culture; Sociology of Sexualities; Capitalism: Culture, Markets, and Power; Methods of Social Research; Sociological Theory; and many of the Advanced Seminars.


Minor in Sociology

Requirements for the minor are Introduction to Sociology, either Methods of Sociological Research or Sociological Theory, plus four electives, two of which should be Core Topics Lectures and one of which should be an Advanced Seminar. It is recommended that the four electives be selected from at least two areas of specialization.

Requirements for the Minor

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOCI-001)
  • Methods of Sociological Research (SOCI-201) or Sociological Theory (SOCI-202)
  • 4 electives. Of those four, two should be from the Core Topics Lectures above, and one an Advanced Seminar.

(For course listings for Sociology see Schedule of Classes)