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Sociology Major

The Sociology major will provide you with the tools you need to understand today’s most vexing social problems. From inequality to immigration, from poverty to mass incarceration, Sociology teaches skills for thinking critically, collecting and interpreting data, and making evidence-based arguments.Sociology is the study of the social causes and consequences of human behavior.

Sociologists study a wide range of subjects: the family, education, health, sex, race, religion, law, crime, poverty, inequality, immigration, rights, labor, organizations, globalization, and much more.  This broad scope gives Sociology majors a unique opportunity to study many aspects of social life.  In addition, Sociologists adopt a variety of social science methods to collect and examine empirical data critically and rigorously, including quantitative data analysis, survey research, content analysis of written and visual materials, in-depth interviews, ethnography, and historical analysis.

Sociology Major Requirements

To complete a major in sociology, a student must take a pre-req course and at least 33 credit hours of SOC coursework at the 200-level or above (excluding pre-reqs).

These 33 credits consist of:

  • three required courses
  • electives, with a minimum of fourteen elective credits elected at the 300-level or above (excluding pre-reqs)     (**^ This 300-level requirement does not apply to students who declared the major Fall 2016 and prior ^**)

Students must earn at least a C- in each course included in the major, including the prerequisite. 

For a complete list of Sociology major requirements, guidelines, and credit limitations/exclusions, please view the

Sociology major requirements on the LSA Majors & Minors website


Current Term Sociology Submajor Courses


Optional Submajors

A submajor is a purposeful selection of electives of related content which all focus on related topics. A submajor is not additional credits nor a separate degree/certificate.

Sociology majors have the option of completing a submajor within their major:

Please Note: Choosing a submajor is not required. Students may only complete one submajor.


I have questions about the major

If you have questions about your progress with Sociology Major requirements, schedule an advising appointment

If you have questions about your LSA or distribution requirements, your should contact your general advisor (LSA, RC, CSP, Honors). 

If you have questions about your overall degree progress, you can use the My LSA Audit Checklist tool to get a snapshot of your degree progress, broken down into requirement groups.