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Sociology Curriculum

Sociology Major Requirements

The Sociology major is made up 33 total credits, consisting of 18 total credits of core classes and 15 credits of elective credits. Majors may also choose to take on an emphasis for further focus of their Sociology education. 

A Sociology major consists of both of the following: 


Core Classes (18 total credits)

  • 200-level Foundations of Sociology, Applied Sociology, Social Statistics
  • 300-level Classical & Contemporary Theory and Social Research Methods
  • 400-level Senior Seminar capstone (major research project)

Electives (15 total credits)

Four electives and an internship must be completed in one of these emphases:

1. Organization, Community, and Environment

2. Social Control, Deviance, and Criminology

3. Social Equity and Diversity

4. Public Administration

Any Sociology major who has not declared an emphasis is required to take 5 electives, with at least one in each emphasis category.

Sociology Minor Requirements

A minor in sociology is a good addition for many disciplines within the natural and physical sciences, social sciences or humanities.

A minimum of 21 sociology credits are required for sociology minors.

A Sociology minor consists of both of the following: 


Core Class (3 total credits)

  • Sociology 101 – Orientation to the sociological perspective. Basic sociological concepts, research procedures, processes of human interaction, and social institutions.

Additional Courses (18 total credits)

  • Sufficient credits from Sociology to meet the 21 credits required for the minor. (includes both core and elective classes).

Note: Students who complete the courses specified above may be eligible for Sociology 467, Internship in Sociology, 1-8 units (crs.). 

Health, Humanities & Society Minor Requirements

The HHS minor is an interdisciplinary program for students interested in public health, medicine, nursing, population studies, health administration, and others who seek to develop their health-related education through perspectives beyond the traditional, biomedical lens.

A minimum of 21 credits are required for the HHS minor.

The HHS minor consists of both of the following: 


Core Class (6 total credits)

  • Philosophy 231 – Biomedical Ethics
  • Sociology 317 – Sociology of Health & Illness

Electives (15 total credits)

15 credits across at least three disciplines from the following list.

  • Anthropology 220 – Culture and Health
  • Art 313 – Italian Renaissance Art & Architecture
  • Art 314 – Northern Renaissance Art
  • Biology/WGS 310 – Biology of Gender
  • Economics 319 – Emerging Economies
  • English 359 – Literature & Science
  • Hmong Studies 230 – Memory & Trauma
  • Philosophy 205 – Ethical Issues in Diverse Society
  • Philosophy 335 – Philosophy of Sex
  • Psychology 320 – Health Psychology
  • Social Justice 101 or 102 – Intro to Social Justice
  • Sociology/ES 315 – Population Problems
  • Sociology 367 – Sex & Sexualities (formerly 360)

Social Equity & Diversity Certificate Requirements

This certificate is a great for students interested in areas such as social services, organizational leadership, human resources, management, community organizing, health fields, population studies, teaching, and public administration who are seeking to further develop their intercultural knowledge and competency.

A minimum of nine sociology credits are required for the certificate, and consists of the following:


Core Class (3 total credits)

  • Sociology 359 – Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. 

Electives (6 total credits)

6 credits from the following:

  • SOC/AAS 311 – Sociology of the Modern City
  • SOC/ES 313 – Rural Sociology
  • SOC/ES 315 – Population Problems
  • SOC/SJ 317 – Sociology of Health & Illness
  • SOC 325 – Collective Behavior and Social Movements
  • SOC/SJ 331 – Social Stratification
  • SOC/WGS 339 – Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 347 – World Systems and Global Inequality
  • SOC 367 – Sex & Sexualities (formerly 360)
  • SOC/WGS/SJ 368 – Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 373 – Sociology of Law

Prerequisite: SOC 101, or SOC 151, or SOC 203, or consent of instructor

double majors

Explore a streamlined double major in Environmental Studies or Criminal Justice 

Contact: Paul Van Auken, Ph.D., Sociology Department Chair | 

4+1 Dual Degree Pathway


Every explorer needs a map… consider these checklists your guides to the Sociology program. Refer to them early and often to stay on track. Please note; these do not replace meeting with an academic or faculty advisor, so don’t forget to schedule your advising appointments!

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