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Statement of Major Goals

The undergraduate major in Sociology seeks to foster the development of the following knowledge and skills while encouraging students to become well-informed, active citizens who appreciate creativity and diversity:

  1. The ability to understand, use, and apply social theory
  2. The ability to understand, use, and apply social research methods
  3. The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  4. The ability to search and use relevant sociological literature
  5. The ability to understand diversity and its impact on society, social theory, and social research
  6. The ability to define a problem, generate appropriate sociological data, and propose logical solutions

Admission Requirements

The admissions requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in sociology include admission to the University and successful completion of high school course specific requirements.


Note to Minors:

Attention Criminal Justice Studies Majors Minoring in Sociology: The sociology minor cannot be completed by “double counting” cross-listed CJ/SOC courses. These courses must be counted in one or the other program, not both. For example, since CJ/SOC 201 and 272 are required courses in Criminal Justice Studies, they can not be applied to the sociology minor. Cross-listed elective courses may count toward the sociology minor if they are not being counted toward the Criminal Justice major, and vice-versa

Retention Standards

Students majoring in sociology are required to maintain a cumulative average of 2.0 (C) or higher in their sociology courses.

Senior Assignment

As part of the University's assessment program, all undergraduate majors in sociology are required to complete a senior assignment. General sociology majors must take Sociology 495 (Senior Seminar) after completion of 21 semester hours of sociology, including Soc 301, 302, and 303 (see below). The Senior Seminar course is offered each spring term, and often also in the fall. A grade of C or better on the senior assignment is required for graduation.

Please note that all other required courses are to be taken BEFORE the senior assignment. Students should declare a sociology major no later than fall term of the junior year, in order to graduate in four years. In their last three semesters, students should plan on taking Sociology 301, then Sociology 302 and 303 simiultaneously, then Sociology 495. Ideally, Sociology 111 should be completed as early as possible and before taking any of these courses, but in all cases it must be completed before the senior assignment seminar (Soc 495), as must all other required courses. Further information on the Senior Seminar may be obtained from the Departmental Office, Peck Building, Room 1230.


Course Requirements

General Education Requirements       48-50 Hours    
(Some General Education requirements may be satisfied while completing this major requirement.)    

Requirements for Major in Sociology   36 Hours 
Sociology 111, 301, 302, 303, 495   15 Hours 
Sociology Electives    21 Hours 
Electives    38-40 Hours
Bachelor of Arts 38 Hours
Bachelor of Science 40   Hours    
Total    124  Hours


     Recommended Links
  • American Sociological Association - Information on the leading national organization in sociology.

  • Midwest Sociological Society - This Web page includes links to the annual meetings agendas and calls for papers, the Midwest Sociologist newsletter, and more!

  • Illinois Sociological Association - Information on the annual meeting, newsletters (completely online!), board contacts, and more!

  • Society for Applied Sociology - This Web site not only offers infornation on this national organization, but even allows you to register, submit a paper, or propose a session for its annual meetings.

  • Social Science Information Gateway - A worldwide compendium of interesting Web sites related to sociology and the other social sciences.

  • SocioWeb - Lots more sociology Web resources - including a comprehensive directory of sociology departments on the Web.

  • Chronicle of Higher Education - A weekly publication that offers information concerning general issues in higher education.

  • Libraries - Information on libraries across the nation and around the world.

  • American Studies Web - A comprehensive listing of links to sites relating to a number of social-scientific subject areas pertaining to the United States. A really wide variety of interesting and unusual sites can be accessed from here, particularly from the various race and ethnicity entries and the sociology and demography entries.

  • NEW OCTOBER, 2005! Who Rules America? - A great new resource on the sociological study of power in the United States, by sociologist G. William Domhoff, author of the best-selling book by the same title, and leading researcher on U.S. power structure.

  • U.S. Bureau of the Census Home Page - Links to a variety of population data from the Bureau, updated frequently and including Bureau press releases. Additional data can be obtained from the Population Division Home Page.

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States - Get data on a wide variety of subjects, instantly over the Web.

  • Cyberspace and Society - Join an electronic mail list on social issues and the effects of the computer revolution on society.

  • ICPSR - Find out how you can obtain data over the Internet from the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research.

  • Open Letter from the U.S. Committee for the Sociotron - A massive sociotechnological breakthrough?!?


Career Related Links