The Standard Major and Modified Major

The Standard Major

The Standard Major in Sociology consists of ten courses (eleven for classes 2015 and beyond), to be selected as follows:

  1. Prerequisite course: Sociology 1 or 2
  2. One theory course: Sociology 15 or 16
  3. FOR 2014s AND EARLIER:  One methods course: Sociology 10 or 11. FOR 2015s AND LATER: Two methods courses:  Sociology 10 AND 11. With approval of the chair, a major may substitute a statistical analysis course offered by another social science department or program.
  4. Seven additional Sociology courses numbered 10 or higher. Students must take four Lower Division courses (numbered 20-49), two Upper Division courses (numbered 50-80) and one Culminating Experience course (see below). An Upper Division course may be substituted for a Lower Division course. Major are encouraged to identify and area of concentration within Sociology.

Standard majors must satisfy the culminating experience requirement by successfully completing any one of the following three options: Senior Independent Study Project (Sociology 90), The Sociological Imagination (Sociology 91), or Honors Thesis (Sociology 98). Because only one term of Sociology 98 counts as one of the seven additional courses numbered 10 or higher that are required for completion of the major, taking a second term of Sociology 98 means that Honor students will typically take at least 12 course credits in Sociology.

The Modified Major

The Modified Major in Sociology consists of twelve courses (thirteen for classes 2016 and beyond), to be selected as follows:

  1. Prerequisite course: Sociology 1 or 2
  2. One theory course: Sociology 15 or 16
  3. FOR 2015s AND EARLIER:  One methods course: Sociology 10 or 11. FOR 2016s AND LATER: Two methods courses:  Sociology 10 AND 11.  With approval of the chair, a major may substitute a statistical analysis course offered by another social science department or program.
  4. Five additional Sociology courses numbered 10 or higher. (Plus four courses in another department). Students must take three Lower Division courses (numbered 20-49), one Upper Division course (numbered 50-80) and one Culminating Experience course (see below) An Upper Division course may be substituted for a Lower Division course. Majors are encouraged to identify an area of concentration within Sociology.
  5. Four courses in another department, or in a concentrated area of study (from more than one department), approved by the department chair.

Modified majors must satisfy the culminating experience requirement by successfully completing any one of the following three options: Senior Independent Study Project (Sociology 90), The Sociological Imagination (Sociology 91), or Honors Thesis (Sociology 98). Because only one term of Sociology 98 counts as one of the five additional courses numbered 10 or higher that are required for completion of the modified major, taking a second term of Sociology 98 means that Honor students will typically take at least 10 course credits in Sociology.

Students establishing a modified major must submit a written statement of the proposed field or topic, plus a list of all courses to be taken for credit toward the modified major. The proposal should address the intellectual coherence of the proposed course of study.  Examples of proposals can be seen here.