The requirements for the major in sociology changed on September 1, 2011. Students who declared on or after September 1, 2011 will need to complete 33 total credits, using the guidelines for the prerequisite and required courses described below. Students who declared the major before September 1, 2011 need to complete 30 total credits, following the guidelines for the prerequisite and required courses described below. Click on the plus signs to the right of each header below for more information.
Before you can declare your sociology major, you must take ONE introductory sociology course to prepare for advanced coursework in the discipline. Courses which fulfill the prerequisite are:
SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
SOC 102: Introduction to Sociology: Special Topics
SOC 195: Honors Introduction to Sociology
SOC 300: Sociological Principles and Problems
Introductory courses at any level cannot be counted toward the 33 credits required to complete the concentration. (30 credits for students who declared before September 1, 2011.)
Students who declare a major in sociology after August 31, 2011 must take at least 33 credit hours of SOC coursework at the 200 level or above, excluding SOC 300, to complete the major plan. Students who declared a major prior to September 1, 2011 must take at least 30 credit hours of SOC coursework at the 200 level or above. These credit hours must include the following three courses: introductory statistics, sociological research methods, and sociological theory. You must earn a C- or better in each required course. Each course is offered every fall and every winter semester, and in at least one half term in every academic year.
Either SOC 210: Elementary Statistics or STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis (previously numbered 350) will fulfill the statistics requirement. Note that if you have already taken STATS 100, you won't receive credit for SOC 210 and must take STATS 250 to fulfill this requirement. You are strongly encouraged to complete the statistics requirement before beginning your senior year; sophomore year is ideal.
SOC 310: Introduction to Research Methods OR SOC 312: Evaluating Evidence in Sociology fulfills the Research Methods requirement. You are strongly encouraged to complete the research methods requirement during your junior year.
SOC 305: Introduction to Sociological Theory fulfills the Theory requirement. You should avoid taking this course in your final semester.
Students who declare after August 31, 2011 must earn a C- or better in every SOC course, including the prerequisite, in order to count the course credits toward their concentration plan.
No more than 15 transfer credits (including study abroad credits) may be counted toward the sociology major. Students who declare the major after August 31, 2011 must take the methods (SOC 310 or 312) and theory (SOC 305) required courses on the UM-Ann Arbor campus
Students have the option to use their elective credits to complete a subplan in Law Justice and Social Change. Courses in the Law, Justice, and Social Change subplan emphasize the ways in which legal and other social institutions reproduce and exacerbate social inequalities, and the capacity of social groups to challenge such institutions in ways that produce fundamental social change. A wide range of courses will explore how we understand the concept of justice and apply it and will develop knowledge in criminology, law, social movements, human rights. For this subplan, students must complete 12 credits from the relevant course list below:
- SOC 225 (or 389) - Project Community in a Criminal Justice setting
- SOC 270 - Gender and the Law
- SOC 350 - Human Rights and the United Nations
- SOC 354 - Law and Society
- SOC 368 - Criminology
- SOC 461 - Social Movements
- SOC 465 - Sociological Analysis of Deviance
- SOC 476 - Sociology of Bioethics
- SOC 489 - Community Organizing and Social Change
- appropriate topics in SOC 295, 395, or 495 (as approved by a major advisor)
Credits from the courses listed below are considered experiential or independent credits by the College of LSA.
SOC 225: Project Community
SOC 394: Undergraduate Research
SOC 395: Independent Study
SOC 396: Undergraduate Internship
SOC 321/PSYCH 321: Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
SOC 324/PSYCH 324: Advanced Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues
SOC 488: Organizing Internship
Only 8 experiential or independent credits may be counted toward your sociology major. Only 4 of those credits can come from SOC 225.
No more than 15 transfer credits may be counted toward the sociology major. Students who declare the major after August 31, 2011 must take the methods (SOC 310 or 312) and theory (SOC 305) requirements on the UM--Ann Arbor campus.
Introductory courses at any level cannot be counted toward the credits required to complete the major.
If you have questions about your major or overall degree progress, you can use the My LSA Audit Checklist tool to get a snapshot of your degree progress, broken down into requirement groups.
If you have more questions about your progress with sociology major requirements after you review your audit checklist, schedule an advising appointment If you have questions about your LSA or distribution requirements, you should call 734-764-0332 and make an appointment with a general LSA advisor at the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center.
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