Specialize in an area of interest

Our department does not offer any official tracks or concentrations. You do, however, have the option of focusing your electives in specialty areas. Possible unofficial concentrations include:

  • Work, Business, Occupations
  • Medical, Social Work, Counseling, Mental Illness
  • Politics, Government, Law
  • Criminal Justice, Deviant Behavior, Social Control

Contact the academic advisor to discuss these and other possibilities.

Upper-level coursework

As you progress in the major, you take a series of required core courses in order to study sociological theory, research methods and statistics in depth:

  • SOC-S 340 Social Theory
  • SOC-S 370 Research Methods in Sociology
  • SOC-S 371 Social Statistics

You are also required to take a 400-level capstone seminar. These seminars enable you to do advanced study in a topic of interest while integrating ideas and methods from earlier coursework.

You might want to pursue opportunities to conduct research with sponsoring faculty, work in the Sociology Research Lab, or serve as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) as you complete your upper level coursework. You can also focus your interests through an arranged readings course.

Commonly pursued majors, minors & certificates

Your major represents about one quarter of your degree requirements. With the help of your academic advisor, you may be able to combine several areas of interest with additional majors, minors, or certificates.

Sociology majors often complement their major by completing majors, minors, or certificates in other disciplines, such as Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Gender Studies, Media, Political Science, Psychology, and Spanish.

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