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.

Concentration Requirements


Independent Study

Students can use no more than one (1) Independent Study (SOC 1970) 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.