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Freshmen and Sophomores

Plan ahead to finish ahead!

The first or second year of study is the perfect time to make plans to get the most out of your major. If students are interested in sociology but not sure they want to declare a major they should consider taking one of our introductory courses (SOC 100, 102, 195, or 300).  Any one of these courses will fulfill the prerequisite and allow interested students to declare a sociology major.  Courses at the 200-level are also an excellent place to start learning more about sociology as a discipline and determine if the major is for you.

After you've declared, reflect on what you'd like to do during the remaining two or three years of your undergraduate career. How does Sociology fit into that? Consider some experiential learning with Project Community (SOC 225) or the Program on Intergroup Relations. Review all of the SOC options offered that semester in the LSA Course Guide and select courses in which you are genuinely interested. Stretch your perspectives! Take a risk on a class that unexpectedly piques your interest.

Don't forget about the required courses. Fit the required statistics course (SOC 210 or STATS 250) in early (preferably your sophomore year) and make sure you leave room to take SOC 305 (theory) and SOC 310 (methods) during your junior year.

If you want to add a level of rigor to your studies, investigate the Honors Program in SociologyMake an appointment with the sociology major advisor to talk more about how the program works and what kind of experience writing a thesis provides. The Department hosts an informational meeting about the Honors Program every October.