Sociologists study power dynamics as they relate to family life, race, gender, class, sexuality, deviance, selfhood, social change, urbanization, aging, birth and death, and a host of applied topics. Students majoring in sociology explore the ways in which individual agency affects and is limited by social structures. Our degree program introduces students to key processes and methods, in addition to preparing students for graduate work in sociology and related fields.
Students majoring in sociology may choose one of six programs of study. Majors can follow the general program in sociology, or they can select a concentration in family, race and urban studies, gender and sexuality, or gerontology. Students completing concentrations are awarded a certificate in their area of concentration from either the Department of Sociology or the Gerontology Institute. Students wishing to be sociology majors must first be advised by the sociology undergraduate advisor.
Requirements below based on the 2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog.
Eighteen (18) hours of Area F, Courses Appropriate to the Major
Area G Major Courses (30-33 Hours)
Majors can follow the General Program in sociology, or they can select a concentration in Family, Race and Urban Studies, Gender and Sexuality, or Gerontology.
A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses. 30 credit hours of 3000-4000 level courses are required for the general program, family concentration, gender and sexuality concentration, and race and urban studies concentration. 33 credit hours of 3000-4000 level courses are required for the gerontology concentration.