- Q: What courses should be taken during the first year?
- The gateway course in Sociology is Introduction to Sociology (SOC 10). Click here to check Sociology course availability.
- After taking SOC 10: Introduction to Sociology, students who are interested in exploring the field may take a higher-level course, such as Sociology of Families, Sociology of Environment, or Race and American Society, Roots and Routes, or Deviance. Although Introduction to Sociology is not a prerequisite for most of these courses, it is strongly recommended that students take it first. If a student intends to major or minor in Sociology, SOC 10 is typically followed by SOC 107 (Classical Sociological Theory), or a methods course (SOC 202: Social Resarch Process; SOC 4: Doing Qualitative Research; SOC 206: Doing Quantitative Research). Any of these courses is a logical second step in the major or minor.
If a student decides to major in Sociology, he or she must also complete a minor or concentration in a related field. Programs that qualify as a related field typically include any social science. In special circumstances, non-social science minors or concentrations are acceptable. In these cases, or whenever the student is uncertain, he or she should obtain permission from his or her advisor.
- Q: How do I get an advisor in Sociology?
- Students select their own major advisor based on their fields of interests and compatibility with the professor. The department is small and informal and with few, if any, exception, a student’s first choice of advisor is met.
- Q: Where should students or faculty go for more information?
- Questions regarding transfer credit, waivers of requirements, or other general information should be directed to the Chair, Shelly Tenenbaum, 415 Jefferson Academic Center, ext 7529.