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Major in Sociology

Major in Sociology

The major in sociology encourages each student, based on her interests, to develop a creative combination of courses that derives its coherence from the thematic areas offered by the department. Each student majoring in sociology completes 40 credits: the courses in the core, at least three electives and eight semester hours of independent learning. Students work closely with advisors in course selection and planning.

Required Courses

  • SOCI 101 Principles of Sociology
  • SOCI 222 Transnational Studies
  • SOCI 239 Introduction to Social Research
  • SOCI 249 Inequality: Race, Class, and Gender in Comparative Settings
  • SOCI 268 Applications of Sociological Theory

Generally, SOCI 101 should be completed no later than the sophomore year, SOCI 239 and 268 by the end of the junior year, and SOCI 222 and SOCI 249 in the junior or senior year.

Elective Thematic Areas

Students may concentrate on one thematic area, or selectively combine courses across them. The department prepares students to understand and to interpret the following substantive areas from a sociological perspective:

Social Intersections and Social Justice courses examine social inequalities and ways that groups and communities confront injustices.

  • SOCI 210 Body Politics
  • SOCI 231 Sociology of Childhood and Youth
  • SOCI 232 Race, Gender and Health
  • SOCI 241 Health, Illness and Society
  • SOCI 249 Inequality: Race, Class and Gender in Comparative Perspective
  • SOCI 261 Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 262 Criminology
  • SOCI 263 Sociology of Education
  • SOCI 347 Antiracism and Social Justice
  • SOCI 348 Re-Envisioning the Third World

Transnational Studies courses challenge inequities that result from colonial legacies, capitalism, and multiple forms of nationalism and neocolonialism.

  • SOCI 222 Transnational Studies
  • SOCI 267 Globalization
  • SOCI 270 South Asia: People and Power
  • SOCI 277 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • SOCI 338 Cross-Cultural Alliance Building
  • SOCI 348 Re-Envisioning the Third World

Health and Well-Being courses examine the social distribution of health, illness, and health.

  • SOCI 232 Race, Gender and Health
  • SOCI 241 Health, Illness and Society
  • SOCI 245 International Health
  • SOCI 340 Intimate Family Violence: A Multicultural Perspective
  • SOCI 345 Health Systems and Policy

Cultural Practices courses emphasize the importance of culture toward a fuller understanding of all of our lives.

  • SOCI 210 Body Politics: A Sociological Perspective
  • SOCI 261 Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 266 Sociology of Sports
  • SOCI 267 Globalization
  • SOCI 270 South Asia: People and Power
  • SOC 275 Birth and Death
  • SOCI 340 Intimate Family Violence: A Multicultural Perspective
  • SOCI 344 Sociology of Poetry and Prose

Social Policy courses examine social issues and how Sociological theory and research contributes to the development of meaningful social policies to address those issues.

  • SOCI 230 Family and Society
  • SOCI 231 Sociology of Childhood and Youth
  • SOCI 261 Urban Sociology
  • SOCI 262 Criminology
  • SOCI 263 Sociology of Education
  • SOCI 345 Health Systems and Policy

Independent Learning

Students may take one of the two following options:

Internship

In order to fulfill the capstone requirement, students may choose to complete an internship. Internships are completed in the spring semester of the student's senior year. In the fall semester before the internship, each student will work with the internship supervisor to design an eight-credit internship plan for the following semester. Students completing double majors who wish to do an internship will complete their internship through one of their departments.

Thesis

Students may choose to do an independent research and writing project which culminates in a 40—50 page thesis written under the supervision of a faculty member in the department. Students submit a proposal by the second semester of their junior year and take SOCI 350 (Independent Study) in the first semester of their senior year and SOCI 355 (Thesis) in the second semester of their senior year. The thesis option fulfills the college's independent learning requirement. An honors designation is granted to meritorious theses.