Department of Sociology

Choosing Courses: your choice, your future

Sociology is one of the most flexible majors on campus, as the department encourages students to pursue their interests across a broad range of choices. With a major in sociology, you can create a range of different plans of study. All majors have to take a methods and a theory course, but the rest of the 24 credits in sociology required by the major are at the student's discretion.

Think of all of the ways that you can create a focus for your sociology major!  Some majors are interested in a possible career in human and social services: they take courses such as Family & Society, Self & Society, Sociology of Mental Health, Poverty and Society, Adolescence and Delinquency, Death and Aging, Human Sexuality, Sociology of Happiness. Others are more interested in career paths in public policy, law, or politics:   they take courses like Labor and Globalization, Health Inequalities, Drugs and Society, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Food, and courses that focus on inequality such as Class, Status & Power and Race & Ethnic Relations. Some know that they eventually want to teach or work with children, and so they take Sociology of Education and Sociology of Youth along with Sociology of the Family. Sociology is the path to many different futures, and choosing every term's courses pushes you to focus on where you want to go and what you want to do.

In addition to providing students with the chance to study a broad range of social issues, sociology offers all of the benefits of a core liberal arts degree. According to a 2012 Fox News article:

“A liberal arts degree provides an inherent advantage in written and oral communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, and adaptability to change,” says JP Hansen, career expert and author of The Bliss List: The Ultimate Guide to Living the Dream at Work and Beyond. “The ability to comprehend, communicate, and conquer problems is the name of the game and is implied with a liberal arts degree.”

If you want to know what classes are being offered in the upcoming term, check out the schedule that is linked to "courses" in the top menu.  If you'd like to know more about the classes themselves, you can check out the descriptions and sample syllabi posted here.   [Note:   syllabi are not yet posted for all classes as of 11/10/15.   We are working on it.]

Undergraduate Courses - Level 1000 (....click to open a list of classes. )

Undergraduate Courses - Level 2000 (...click to open a list of classes. )

Undergraduate Courses - Level 3000 (....click to open a list of classes. )

Undergraduate Courses - Level 4000 (...click to open a list of classes. )


 Last Modified 11/8/16