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In addition to the standard major, the two sociology minors and the modified major are designed to fit the needs of students who have an interest in sociology but are primarily interested in another discipline or, in the case of a modified major, wish to study some specific problem or topic that resides at the nexus of sociology and a related field.
The curriculum of the Department of Sociology includes courses on self and identity; race, class, and gender relations; family; law; social movements; political sociology; theory; international studies, social change, survey research methods, and data analysis.
Computer-aided instruction is a component of several courses, including Sociology 2 (Social Problems), and Sociology 10 (Quantitative Analysis of Social Data). Other courses train students to design and conduct surveys, perform content analysis of cultural products (such as television programs, film or advertisements), and conduct field observations and sociological experiments.
In addition to these offerings, the Department frequently offers special topic courses, as well as one-time and regular seminars. The offerings are designed to respond to particular interests of students and faculty, including visiting sociologists, and provide opportunities to develop and experiment with new courses. It is thus important to check our course listings periodically. There may be a one-time offering that ideally suits your interests.
Students may also elect, upon approval of the supervising professor, an independent study on a topic of their choice.
The world is constantly confronted with public policy issues that are essentially social in character. Sociological analyses provide a coherent, yet diverse framework for examining these issues and understanding the many perspectives involved in attempting to solve social problems. We also provide students with a unique perspective with which better to understand their day-to-day lives. Sociological questions concern not only interpersonal interaction and conflict, but also the behaviors of groups, organizations, institutions, industries, social movements, and nation states.
The standard major in Sociology consists of eleven courses, to be selected as follows:
Prerequisite: one introductory level course, either SOCY 1 (Introduction to Sociology) or SOCY 2 (Social Problems).
Two methods courses: SOCY 10 (Quantitative Analysis of Social Data) and SOCY 11 (Research Methods). With approval of the Chair, a major may substitute one of the statistical analysis courses offered by the other social science departments or programs.
One theory course: SOCY 15 (Sociological Classics), or SOCY 16 (Constructing Social Theory).
Students must take four Lower Division courses (numbered 20-49), two Upper Division courses (numbered 50-80), and one culminating experience course. Students may substitute an Upper Division course for one of the Lower Division courses. Majors are encouraged to identify an area of concentration within Sociology.
Standard majors must satisfy the culminating experience requirement by successfully completing any one of the following three options: Senior Independent Study Project (SOCY 90), The Sociological Imagination (SOCY 91) or Honors Thesis (SOCY 98). Brief descriptions of each option may be found under the course listings. Please consult the Department regarding specific procedures for each option. The culminating experience may be counted as one of the seven additional courses in Sociology numbered 10 or higher that are required for completion of the major. Note: Senior fellows who elect to complete a sociology major may fulfill this requirement through the successful completion of the senior fellow project.
Standard majors must be approved by a department faculty member.
The basic minor in Sociology consists of six courses, to be selected as follows:
Prerequisite: one introductory level course, either SOCY 1 or SOCY 2.
One theory course, either SOCY 15 or SOCY 16
Students must take must take three Lower Division courses (numbered 10 or 11, 20-49), one Upper Division course (numbered 50-80). Students may substitute an Upper Division course for one of the Lower Division courses.
Moreover, students can choose minors in Markets, Management, and the Economy or in Social Inequalities.
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3. The common application essay;
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5. A counselor recommendation and two teacher recommendations. In addition, a peer recommendation is strongly encouraged;
7. Brief abstract of an independent research project;
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