Information for Majors

Sociology is the study of society. Students who major in sociology have the opportunity to learn in-depth about social structures and processes, and to gain skills in critical thinking, writing, and data analysis. Sociology graduates go into many different fields, as described by a recent study by the American Sociological Association.

The following areas of knowledge are central to the undergraduate degree in sociology:

  • Knowledge of the fundamental concepts, theories, and modes of explanation appropriate to the understanding of human societies.
  • Knowledge of the structure of modern societies, its social stratification, its ethnic, racial, religious, and gender differentiation, and its main social institutions -- family, polity, economy, and religion.
  • Knowledge of the basic social processes that maintain and alter social structure, especially the processes of integration, organization, and conflict.
  • Understanding the diversity of human societies, including the differences between major historical types such as foraging, agricultural, industrial, and post-industrial societies.

In addition, students completing the degree in sociology are expected to acquire:

  • Research and writing skills sufficient to locate and consult works relevant to a sociological investigation and to write a sociological paper that is coherent, cogent, theoretically developed.
  • Methodological skills sufficient to understand the procedures of sociological research and to understand the problems of reliability and validity;
  • Statistical and analytical skills sufficient to understand and interpret the results of sociological research.
  • Critical thinking skills sufficient to analyze and evaluate sociological writings.

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS IN SOCIOLOGY

(EFFECTIVE January 1, 2006)

Download this sheet, plus a major tracking sheet as a Word document.

COURSES REQUIRED FOR THE MAJOR

Specific courses required for the major (12 credits):

  • SOCY 1001 – Introduction to Sociology: 3 credits
  • SOCY 3001 – Classical Theory (prerequisite SOCY 1001): 3 credits sophomore standing or above required to take SOCY 3001.)
  • SOCY 2061 – Introduction to Social Statistics * 3 credits (or SOCY 4061 - with instructor consent)
  • SOCY 3301 – Quantitative Research Methods: 3 credits (Survey)
  • OR SOCY 3401 – Qualitative Research Methods 3 credits (Field)

Elective course work (24 credits):

  • Lower-division OR upper-division SOCY electives - 9 credits
  • Upper-division SOCY electives - 15 credits

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Complete a minimum of 36 hours (maximum of 45) in Sociology. Students doing SOCY honors are allowed a maximum of 51 hours in Sociology.
  • At least 21 SOCY credits must be upper-division, 3000 and 4000. (A minimum of 15 of these upper-division credits must be taken through UCB or through a UCB Study Abroad program.)
  • All major courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Minimum SOCY GPA at the time of graduation must be 2.000 minimum. Theory requirement: Students declaring the SOCY major after Fall 2005 must complete SOCY 3001 (Classical Theory). *Students may substitute a non-SOCY statistics course for SOCY 2061 or 4061 (C- minimum required), thus requiring an additional SOCY elective course (3 credits upper-division or lower-division). Consult your advisor.

Consult your CU catalog (available on-line) for course prerequisites. Past course syllabi can be found here. If you have questions about prerequisite course work, contact the instructor.

Internship credit
Students may earn up to 6 credits through an internship experience.
Visit http://sociology.colorado.edu/undergrad-resources/internships for more info.
Consult your advisor.

Honors
For seniors only (students must apply during their junior year).
See http://sociology.colorado.edu/undergrad-resources/honors

Websites
advising.colorado.edu

Questions? Contact Michael Lynn or Christine Luft, Undergraduate Advisors.