The major in sociology requires the successful completion of 33 credit hours in the discipline, 18 of which must be at the 300\400 level. All majors must take introduction to sociology, a 3-credit hour course that counts for generaleducation credit, but not toward the 33 hours needed to complete the sociology major.
Students majoring in sociology are required to complete a 21-credit-hour core and choose four electives or one course each from a list of four options. In addition, sociology majors must choose one of three tracks: general sociology; criminology; or society, environment, and technology. Consult with your advisor about which track fits best with academic and career goals. The choice of tracks affects choice of elective courses.
You should also know: A grade of at least a C (not C-) must be earned in the core courses, and a GPA of at least 2.00 must be earned in all courses that comprise the major.
All students majoring in sociology are required to prepare a portfolio for “ SOC 494 Seminar: Sociology Senior Seminar (3 credits) .” The table of contents must specify the title of each entry and the course for which the assignment was written. The portfolio must include a letter discussing its contents. The contents must include five assignments that, when taken together, demonstrate that the student:
- Understands and can apply the classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives in sociology;
- Can analyze personal and societal issues using a sociological framework (theories, concepts, or perspectives);
- Is able to articulate a meaningful research question, specify a design, collect relevant data to answer that question and discuss implications;
- Has explored an issue related to socio-cultural diversity;
- Can demonstrate a basic statistical literacy needed to read, critique and present research findings;
- Sees their major as meaningfully informed by transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration;
- Has engaged in at least two experiential learning endeavors such as a co-op, study abroad, applied research, or community engagement that serve as resume items.
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