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Sociology of Health and Medicine Submajor

Sociology (Major)

Effective Fall 2019 Exclusions:

Students may elect a subplan in Sociology and Social Work, Law, Justice, and Social Change, or the Sociology of Health and Medicine, but may only elect one subplan.

Students pursuing a major in Sociology with a LJSC subplan may not elect a minor in Crime & Justice. 

Students who elect a Sociology major with a subplan in Social Work and Social Change may not elect the following programs:
Community Action and Social Change Minor (School of Social Work)
Social Theory and Practice Major (Residential College)

Advising

Please review the Advising page of the Sociology website for full information on declaring a Sociology major, sub-major, or minor, getting in touch by email, or scheduling an appointment.

A department advisor is available to discuss the choice of Sociology as a major or minor, assist with course planning, and provide guidance on department opportunities. Students may schedule an advising appointment using the online appointment scheduler linked here or email advising questions to socadvisor@umich.edu.

Grade Policies

Students must earn at least a C– in the prerequisites for the major and in all courses they plan to include in the plan for the major. Courses elected as pass/fail may not be included in the plan for the major.

Prerequisites

  • Students planning to major in sociology must elect and complete with a C- or better one of the following introductory courses before declaring the major: SOC 100, 102, 195, 300, 302.
  • Freshmen and Sophomores electing an introductory course should elect SOC 100, SOC 102, or SOC 195.
  • SOC 195 is restricted to firstand second-year students who are in the LSA Honors Program and/or have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  • Juniors and seniors electing an introductory course should elect SOC 300 or SOC 302.
  • The prerequisite course cannot be included in the 33 credits required for completion of the plan for the major.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 33

After electing one of the introductory prerequisite courses, majors are required to complete at least 33 credits of SOC coursework at the 200 level or above, including:

  1. Statistics: SOC 210, STATS 250, or STATS 280 (or their equivalent)
  2. Research Methods: SOC 310. Must be taken on UM—Ann Arbor campus
  3. Sociological Theory: SOC 305. Must be taken on UM—Ann Arbor campus

The remaining credits must come from SOC courses at the 200 level and above. 

A minimum of fourteen elective credits must be elected at the 300-level or above.  Students who wish to focus their elective coursework on a particular area of sociology are encouraged to consult with the department advisor.

Course Planning

The research methods and statistics courses facilitate the understanding of sociological themes and concepts explored in upper-division courses. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the statistics course in the sophomore year, the research methods course before the end of the junior year, and complete all three of the required courses before the final academic term of the senior year. Students intending to write an honors thesis in sociology must take statistics before the first term of the junior year and the methods course no later than the second term of the junior year.

Optional Sub-Majors:
Law, Justice, and Social Change
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Sociology and Social Work

 

Constraints

  • Credit Limits and Exclusions. A combined total of eight INDEPENDENT or EXPERIENTIAL credits may be included in the plan for the major. This includes but is not limited to SOC 225 (and 389), 321, 324, 394, 395, 396, and 488. 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.
  • The department will allow up to two courses with significant sociological content from other LSA departments or transfer institutions to be included in the plan for the major. Students interested in petitioning to include a non-SOC transfer course in their major should complete the petition process which includes submitting a petition form and the course syllabus.

Residency

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.

Honors

Effective Fall 2019

The Program begins with SOC 497 (3 credits) in the second term of the junior year and continues through the senior year with SOC 498 (3 credits) and 499 (3 credits). During SOC 498 and 499, students work with the supervision of their faculty mentors, while continuing to meet individually with the faculty Honors coordinator. SOC 497 is offered in the Winter Term only.  These three courses may be used toward the general electives in the major but may not be used as sub-major electives.

Honors Application Prerequisites and Course Planning

Applicants to the Honors Program in Sociology have at least a 3.5 GPA within their sociology courses and at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA in their LS&A courses. In addition, they already will have demonstrated originality in their own course work, shown a serious interest in scholarly research, and given evidence of their ability to work independently on a thesis. Students should plan on completing SOC 210 or STATS 250 (or 350) prior  to enrolling in SOC 497 and should take SOC 310 or 312 prior to or concurrently with it. The Honors Program in Sociology is a three-semester sequence of course and thesis work. Students typically apply as first-semester juniors and begin with the first course, SOC 497, the following semester.

To graduate with Honors, students must meet all requirements for the major; complete SOC 497, 498, and 499; write an acceptable Honors thesis; and maintain a 3.4 overall GPA. Upon completion of this course work and dependent upon the evaluation of the thesis, the academic record and diploma will designate the degree awarded "with Honors," "with High Honors," or "with Highest Honors."

Interested students should call (734) 764-6324 or visit the website to make an appointment with the department's department advisor.

Sociology of Health & Medicine (Sub-Major)

Effective Winter 2017

Advising

Please review the Advising page of the Sociology website for full information on declaring a Sociology major, sub-major, or minor, getting in touch by email, or scheduling an appointment.

A department advisor is available to discuss the choice of Sociology as a major or minor, assist with course planning, and provide guidance on department opportunities. Students may schedule an advising appointment using the online appointment scheduler linked here or email advising questions to socadvisor@umich.edu.

Requirements

To have a notation of the submajor appear on your transcript, you must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits from the following list:

  • SOC 230, 207, 330, 345, 346, 430, 445, 475, 476, 474, 477
  • appropriate topics in SOC 295, 495
  • approved undergraduate research in SOC 394
  • approved independent studies in SOC 395
  • approved internships in SOC 396
  • public health setting of SOC 225 (or 389)

A minimum of eight credits must be elected in the subplan at the 300-level or above (not including prerequisite)

Constraints

 A maximum of 6 credits for the subplan may come from Experiential Learning or Independent Study style courses.

Distribution Policy

No course used to fulfill a major requirement may be used toward the LSA Distribution Requirement. In addition, courses in the SOC subject area may not be used toward the Distribution Requirement.