Sociology Curriculum

Curricular Requirements
Sociology Core Credits 18
SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 268 - Practice of Social Research 3
SOC 270 - Classical Social Research 3
SOC 280 - Contemporary Social Theory 3
SOC 300 - Internship 3
SOC 370 - Applied Field Methods 3
Total Elective Credits 12
Elective 1 - Social Global Studies Course 3
Elective 2 - Social Cultural Studies Course 3
Elective 3 - 300 or 400 level elective 3
Elective 4 - Sociology, Anthropology, or Archeology course at any level 3
Applied Capstone Experience Credits (Discussed Below) 9-16
Option 1 - Internship 9-16
Option 2 - Capstone Thesis 9-16
Option 3 - Study Abroad 9-16
Total Credits in Major 39-46
Open Elective Credits Needed to Reach Graduation variable
Minimum Total Required Credits for Sociology Major 120

Applied Capstone Experiences:

  1. Internship – students may take between 9 and 16 credits to complete this ACE. Students may select from over 800 sites in the departmental database. This learning opportunity should parallel the student’s area of interest and help him/her to gain experience, skills and knowledge of how systems work and how to develop options in a given field.
  2. Thesis – students may take between 9 and 16 credits to complete this ACE. The thesis should build on the work the student has done in the Sociology major. This academic work should prepare them for graduate study in disciplines that have been incorporated into their study.
  3. Study Abroad – students will typically take 15-16 credits to complete a study abroad experience. While studying in a foreign society and culture is important, the primary focus is to take courses from the new institution that will help the student to develop his/her areas of interest as it relates to the major. In short, there needs to be an integrated social science experience that drives the study abroad learning as well as the opportunity to explore a new society and culture for this to be a successful experience. All study abroad experiences should first be cleared with the department chair to see if they qualify to meet the requirement for the Capstone.