Sociology Major — B.A.

Summary

Sociology B.A. Major Requirements42
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 129-41
Electives37-49
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements 

CORE COURSES
SOCI 1xxxxAny 100-level sociology course3
SOCI 31100Sociological Theory3
SOCI 35300Research Methods I3
SOCI 35400Research Methods II3
SOCIOLOGY ELECTIVES
Additional sociology courses meeting the following criteria:30
•one course in each core area of sociological inquiry (social change, inequality, social institutions and organizations, and individuals, culture, and society -- see below) 1
•at least three courses at level 2
•at least three courses at level 3
•at least 3 courses at level 4 (from SOCI 40100 to SOCI 46600, excluding SOCI 46300) 2
Total Credits42

Core Areas of Sociological Inquiry

Social Change

A core question in sociology concerns how societies change and develop. Sociologists study social transformations as they affect and are affected by individuals, institutions, and societies. They explore relationships among human agency and social structures, or institutions such as colonialism, capitalism, racism, families, and religions. Key considerations include how change is documented and assessed, as well as how change is mobilized through activism, community organizing, social movements and revolutions, development, and globalization. Courses in this area encourage students to use sociology as a tool for analyzing, envisioning, and engaging in social change.

Inequality

The understanding of inequality, its origins, and its effects on life chances is a core consideration in the discipline of sociology. Courses in this area examine the processes by which inequalities are created and maintained, focusing on interpersonal relations, institutionalized practices, and linkages with global economic, political, and cultural relations. Courses also address issues of privilege and exploitation and how these processes are linked to social class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexualities, age, abilities, and other socially constructed divisions between people.

Social Institutions and Organizations

Institutions and organizations provide social arrangements that shape the operations of political, economic, health care, and religious systems as well as families and schools. Courses in this area examine issues of power and ideology that affect institutional and organizational practices, including bureaucratic structures, organizational cultures, authority systems, and the reciprocating relationships between individuals, organizations, and their environments. Students also explore the ways in which institutions and organizations help shape, and in turn are shaped by, the lives and decisions of their members.

Individuals, Culture, and Society

Culture provides a framework for creating meaning and influencing action. Sociological analysis of how these meanings are constructed and negotiated leads to interesting observations of how facts are created and the effects that taken-for-granted arrangements have on individual beliefs, collective actions, agency, and communal life. Courses in this area illuminate the cultural texture of social life at both the individual and collective levels.