A.B. in Sociology Concentration Requirements

The A.B. concentration in Sociology provides a foundation in the theory and methods organizing sociology and the opportunity to cultivate more specialized learning in the discipline’s substantive interests. Students develop that focus through their coursework, addressing intimate violence, knowledge networks, economic development and racial inequality among other areas. Students refine their interests during the senior seminar and through their completion of a senior thesis or capstone project that analyze data and develop sociological accounts of conditions and processes both within the USA and abroad.

Many of our undergraduate concentrators have developed a second concentration in a wide array of fields, including public health, public policy, economics, ethnic studies, music, and gender and sexuality.

Through this concentration, students develop the analytical skills that prepare them for a wide ranger of lives after graduation, including conventional careers from journalism to social advocacy and program administration in government and civil society. It also prepares people for opportunities in the new economy, including those that address how people engage the environment and use information technology. Our graduates also continue their formal education in a variety of post-graduate areas, including law, social work, health sciences, and sociology.

Standard Program for the A.B. Degree

Ten courses are required:

Requirements: (10 course)
One introductory level course to be selected from: 1
Perspectives on Society
Perspectives on Social Interaction: An Introduction to Social Psychology
American Heritage: Democracy, Inequality, and Public Policy
SOC 1010 Classical Sociological Theory 1
SOC 1020 Methods of Social Research 1
SOC 1100 Introductory Statistics for Social Research 1

Two semesters of SOC 1950 Senior Seminar (.500 credit course each semester in senior year) 1
Five additional courses 5
a. At least three of the optional courses have to be 1000 level and one of them must be a substantive seminar (1870/1871).

b. Students can choose to take up to two (showcase) lower level (0100 level) courses.

c. Students can petition to take two courses outside of the discipline of sociology. Transfer and those studying abroad should consult with their concentration advisor. (This will be allowed only when the proposed course makes sense given the interests of the student, and there is no equivalent sociology course.)

Total Credits 10


Due Dates

During the second week of March, a complete draft of the senior thesis must be given to the faculty advisor and the reader for comments, and the final version of the senior thesis is due during the second week of April ( the exact dates vary from year to year and are announced at the start of the academic year).

During the second week of March, a complete draft of the senior project must be given to the instructor of the senior seminar and the faculty advisor (if the student has one) for comments, and the final version of the senior project is due during the second week of April (the exact dates vary from year to year and are announced at the beginning of the academic year). 

These deadlines are essential to allow faculty time to evaluate theses for awards, and to notify the Registrar with recommendations for honors. 


Independent Study

Students can use no more than one (1) Independent Study course to meet the concentration course requirements. This course counts only towards a 1000 level substantive requirement and will not serve as a substitute for any of the core concentration requirements.