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The major in sociology encourages each student, based on her interests, to develop a creative combination of courses that derives its coherence from the thematic areas offered by the department. Each student majoring in sociology completes 40 credits: the courses in the core, at least three electives and eight semester hours of independent learning. Students work closely with advisors in course selection and planning.
Generally, SOCI 101 should be completed no later than the sophomore year, SOCI 239 and 268 by the end of the junior year, and SOCI 222 and SOCI 249 in the junior or senior year.
Elective Thematic Areas
Students may concentrate on one thematic area, or selectively combine courses across them. The department prepares students to understand and to interpret the following substantive areas from a sociological perspective:
Social Intersections and Social Justice courses examine social inequalities and ways that groups and communities confront injustices.
Transnational Studies courses challenge inequities that result from colonial legacies, capitalism, and multiple forms of nationalism and neocolonialism.
Health and Well-Being courses examine the social distribution of health, illness, and health.
Cultural Practices courses emphasize the importance of culture toward a fuller understanding of all of our lives.
Social Policy courses examine social issues and how Sociological theory and research contributes to the development of meaningful social policies to address those issues.
Students may take one of the two following options:
In order to fulfill the capstone requirement, students may choose to complete an internship. Internships are completed in the spring semester of the student's senior year. In the fall semester before the internship, each student will work with the internship supervisor to design an eight-credit internship plan for the following semester. Students completing double majors who wish to do an internship will complete their internship through one of their departments.
Students may choose to do an independent research and writing project which culminates in a 40—50 page thesis written under the supervision of a faculty member in the department. Students submit a proposal by the second semester of their junior year and take SOCI 350 (Independent Study) in the first semester of their senior year and SOCI 355 (Thesis) in the second semester of their senior year. The thesis option fulfills the college's independent learning requirement. An honors designation is granted to meritorious theses.