Major Checklist

Reminder: advising for the Sociology major is done by the professional advising staff in the Office of Student Academic Services of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters. There are advising offices on both the Davie and Boca Raton campuses. Be sure to meet with your advisor every term to be sure that you are on track for graduation.

Minimum Credits in Major: 30. You must earn at least a C in a course for it to count towards the major. 

I. Theory 

(three credits minimum/one course)

  • SYA 4010 - Sociological Theory
  • SYA 4120 - Contemporary Social Theory
  • SYA 4511 - Writing Social Theory (Gordon Rule course)

II. Sociological Analysis 

(three credits minimum/one course)

  • SYA 4300 - Survey of Methods
  • SYA 4310 - Qualitative and/or Comparative-Historical Methods
  • SYA 4410 - Quantitative Methods

III. Sociology Electives

(24 credits minimum/eight courses)

At least nine credits (three courses) of electives in sociology must be at the 4000-level.   The remaining 15 credits can be at the 3000 or 400-level.    Follow your interests!

A. 3000 level electives*

  • SYD 3700 - Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SYO 3100 - Family and Society
  • SYO 3400 - Social Change
  • SYO 3530 - Class, Status and Power
  • SYO 3550 - Drugs and Society
  • SYP 3060 - Human Society & Social Change
  • SYP 3110 - Self and Society
  • SYP 3570 - Deviance and Social Control
  • SYP 3650 - Sociology of Sports
  • SYP 3740 - Sociology of Aging and Dying

B. 4000 level electives*

  • SYA 4930 - Special Topics. Note:  all SYA 4930 courses can be counted towards the degree.
    • A "special topics" course is often used to explore new areas in sociology or new fields of faculty interest. A special topics course will not necessary be repeated -- so, if you are interested in taking a 4930 course that is being offered, do not put it off until "later."   There might not be a later.
    • Multiple "special topics" courses (on different topics) may be counted towards the major. Special topics courses are treated like all of the other courses in the department.
  • SYD 4510 - Environmental Sociology
  • SYD 4513 - Justice, Health and the Environment
  • SYD 4602 - The Urban Community
  • SYD 4702 - Race in Global Context
  • SYD 4800 - Gender and Society
  • SYD 4803 - Gender and World Development
  • SYD 4812 - Women, Wealth and Power
  • SYD 4814 - Gender, Power and Relationships
  • SYG 4244 - Sociology of Food
  • SYG 4245 - Sociology of Fashion
  • SYO 4200 - Sociology of Religion
  • SYO 4304 - Social Movements
  • SYO 4370 - Men, Women and Work
  • SYO 4377 - Labor and Globalization
  • SYO 4404 - Health and Social Inequality
  • SYO 4410 - Sociology of Mental Health
  • SYO 4453 - Sociology of the Marketplace
  • SYO 4534 - Poverty and Society
  • SYO 4570 - Organizational Sociology
  • SYP 4014 - Sociology of Happiness
  • SYP 4250 - Sociology of Education
  • SYP 4420 - Sociology of Consumption
  • SYP 4421 - Technology and Society
  • SYP 4445 - Women and Social Change
  • SYP 4452 - Globalization and U.S. Cities
  • SYP 4453 - Global Social Change
  • SYP 4454 - Globalization and Social Movements
  • SYP 4530 - Adolescence and Delinquency
  • SYP 4610 - Cultural Sociology
  • SYP 4630 - Popular Culture
  • SYP 4714 - Sociology of Youth
  • SYG 4957 - Sociology Study Abroad
  • SYA 4905 - Directed Independent Study**

Note: Sociology majors are strongly encouraged to take more than ten courses in Sociology. Follow your interests!

* The prerequisite for 4000-level courses in Sociology is the completion of at least 9 credits of 1000, 2000, or 3000 level sociology courses or the permission of the instructor.  If you have any questions about whether you have the background to succeed in a course, contact the professor before the class begins.

** Only one DIS course can be counted towards the degree. The theory and methods requirements cannot be met with DIS courses. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for a student to take a DIS course. 

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