The major is a part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, an academic unit within the College of Arts and Letters.
The sociology program develops the student's ability to analyze the social world by using diverse sociological theories and research methods. It stresses the importance of social, cultural, and historical contexts for understanding relationships between and among individuals and the social structures that make up societies. Students will gain the ability to think broadly and critically about the diversity of social organization and practice locally and globally. Students will also develop the ability to take a disciplined and scholarly approach to understanding the world in which we live.
The major in sociology strongly develops skills in critical thinking, research, analysis, writing and communication. Sociology students frequently go on to post-graduate education and/or careers in both public and private employment sectors.
Environment, Technologies and Innovations
Community Action and Evaluation
Markets and Cultures
Political and Global Analysis
Social Inequalities and Public Policy
Declaring the Major
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Sociology major when they register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Students should submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the program coordinator in Sheldon Hall.
Progressing in the Major
Students must earn at least a "C-" in all sociology courses. If a student earns below a "C-" in a course he or she can retake the course once in order to meet the "C-" standard.
Remain in good academic standing with at least a cumulative GPA of 2.00.