Special Department Policies
Students must earn at least a C– in the prerequisites for the major (or minor) and in all courses they plan to include in the plan for the major (or minor). Courses elected as pass/fail may not be included in the plan for the major (or minor).
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 methods 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 225 (and 389), 321, 324, 394, 395, and 396. There is an additional limit on SOC 225 (or 389) credits; only four credits of SOC 225 (or 389) may be included in the plan for the major.
Sociology is about people and their patterns; it seeks to understand and account for the complexities of human interaction and patterns of social life. It focuses on relations among people, groups, organizations, classes, cultures, and society. Sociology scientifically explores and analyzes issues vital to our personal lives, our communities, our society, and the world. In short, it involves all aspects of human experience and activity. Almost any aspect of how human beings gather together in groups, organizations, and societies can be studied within sociology.
The study of sociology provides fascinating and distinctive perspectives on the social world. The field also offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: crime and delinquency, family dynamics, corporate downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare or education reform, or global issues of peace and war. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field with broad implications.
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.
A department advisor is available to students for one-on-one appointments to discuss the choice of sociology as a major (or minor), assist in course selection, and advise on co-curricular opportunities and career preparation. Students can schedule an advising appointment by calling the department at (734) 764-6324 or using the online appointment scheduler at www.lsa.umich.edu/soc. Students can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Students wishing to pursue a minor in Law, Justice, and Social change must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department advisors. Appointments are scheduled online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/soc/undergraduate/advisingandprogrampolicies
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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