Special Department Policies
Students must earn at least a C–in the major prerequisite and in all courses they plan to include in the plan for the major. Courses elected as pass/fail may not be included in the plan for the major.
The department expects that at least 18 of the 33 credits required for a sociology major be completed with Department of Sociology faculty on the UM–Ann Arbor campus. The research meth-ods and sociological theory courses must be taken in residence on the UM–Ann Arbor campus.
Credit Limits and Exclusions. A combined total of eight INDEPENDENT or EXPERIENTIAL credits may be included in the plan for the major. This includes SOC 321, 324, 389, 394, 395, and 396. There is an additional limit on SOC 389 credits; only four credits of SOC 389 may be included in the plan for the major.
Each Career Guide highlights curriculum requirements, as well as skills and abilities that may be developed and applied through each course of study. To complement the academic information, a range of interesting occupational opportunities are listed as a starting point for considering how academic experiences may translate to professional work settings. The Career Guide series represents a collaborative effort between The Career Center and numerous academic units.
Students interested in learning more about the sociology plan for the major or intending to declare a major in sociology should attend an information meeting for prospective majors. Dates and times are listed at
The department expects that students will have attended one of these meetings before they officially declare sociology as their major. A department advisor is available to students for one-on-one appointments to discuss the choice of sociology as a major, assist in course selection, and advise on co-curricular opportunities and career preparation. Students can schedule a major advising appointment by calling the department at (734) 764-6324 or using the online appointment scheduler at www.lsa.umich.edu/soc.
SURO allows undergraduates to work as research assistants with a faculty member or graduate student on a research project already in progress. Students learn more about a specific sociological topic and get an insider’s look at the research process. Research topics and duties to be performed vary, but each SURO has a learning outcome for the undergraduate. Credit hours are determined by the supervis-ing faculty member and reflect the amount of work expected of the student. More information about SURO is at: www.lsa.umich.edu/soc/undergraduateprogram/researchopportunities.
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