Sociology Major


The sociology department offers a major in sociologyand a major in Sociology with a concentration in Anthropology.

Major in Sociology (40 credits)
Required Courses:
111, 204, 205, 396 and 24 additional credits in sociology.

Major in Sociology with concentration in Anthropology (48 credits)
Required Courses:
SOCI 111, 121, 204, 205, 322, 337H, 396, two anthropology electives-one regional anthropology course and one topical anthropology course, and 12 elective credits in sociology.


Required Courses for Major in Sociology (40 credits):
-SOCI-111   Introduction to Sociology

Enter the fascinating world of Sociology.  This course provides a great introduction to the many intriguing subjects that sociologists study.  We look at a whole range of topics-from what the self is, how it develops, how the process of socialization works... to the major institutions in society like education, the political system, and the economy... to the major forms of inequality affecting our lives in this society-race/ethnicity, gender, and class.  You will come to understand the science by which sociologists gather and analyze data, how they know what they know.  In the process, you will begin developing your own sociological imagination.  You'll be surprised how much you've always taken for granted about society...  In better understanding how our world works, you'll be better able to take an active role in your own life.  Come join us in the quest!

 -SOCI-204  Contemporary Social Theory                                                                                                                                                   

This survey course is designed to introduce students to some of the major contributions to social theory.   Who are the giants who shaped our discipline?  Who are the people whose ideas guide our research?  The course begins with a critical assessment of a number of differing definitions that have been offered for the word "theory."  From there, the course moves to an examination of the establishment of sociology as a separate academic discipline in Western Europe in the early 19th century.  The study of individual theorists begins with an extended study of "the big three" (Marx, Durkheim and Weber), followed by a consideration of George Herbert Mead and the symbolic interactionists.  We will then consider the rise of American functionalism and rational choice theory.  The course concludes with overviews of contemporary topics such as feminist social theory and postmodern theory.

-SOCI 205  Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Social Science

This course will use a "hands on" approach by students to grapple with the quantitative analyses of data in the social sciences.  Students will learn about the operationalization, computation, and transformation of variables. Students will create and test  hypotheses using SPSS. They will also write up their results using a journal article format and give presentations of their results.

-SOCI- 396  Sociology Capstone: Sociology in the Workplace

This course is designed for Sociology majors who are finishing their coursework and are preparing for graduate studies or the world of work, whether in paid or volunteer positions. It provides an integrative academic experience which engages majors in key debates and issues of concern to sociologists. In addition, the capstone is designed to prepare students for the transition to graduate school and/or to a career by exploring the applicability of sociology in the workplace. Students will reflect on and clearly articulate what sociology is, what it means to think and work like a sociologist, and what unique talents and abilities they bring to organizations, to their careers, and to life because of their education in sociology. Through books, discussions, papers, and explorations of a workplace or career of the student's choice, we will review key elements of the discipline of sociology, applying and integrating what students have learned in the major.

Also 24 additional credits in sociology.