Sociology is an analytic discipline concerned with understanding people as creators of, and participants in, society. The field is broadly concerned with the study of modern society and its social organizations, institutions, groups, and social roles. Sociologists study social influences on human behavior, such as sexuality, ethnic identity, and religious belief, and how individuals become members of families and communities. The field is also concerned with social problems, especially all forms of prejudice, discrimination, and inequality, and with poverty, crime, violence, and the threatened environment. Sociologists emphasize sources of social problems in the organization of society, public policies for their alleviation, and today’s questions of social justice. Finally, they study how individuals, both alone and working in groups, can change the society in which they live. A major in sociology opens many doors for careers and is excellent background for advanced training in a variety of other fields.
At least 24 credits of SOCI courses at the 2000-level or above are required:
Passing SOCI 3201 satisfies the information literacy competency. The writing in the major requirement can be satisfied by passing any 2000 or 3000-level W course in Sociology.
Fifteen additional credits (usually five courses) must be taken from any 2000-level or above courses offered by the department. (Note: No more than three credits of SOCI 3990 can apply to the major).
A maximum of eleven 2000-level or above transfer credits in sociology may count toward the major with department approval.
A minor in Sociology is described in the Minors section.