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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 (SOC 100, 102, 300, or 302) and at least 33 credit hours of SOC coursework at the 200-level or above (excluding the pre-req).

33 credits consist of:

  • Three required courses (SOC 210 or STATS 250, SOC 310, and SOC 305)
  • Electives, with a minimum of fourteen elective credits elected at the 300-level or above (excluding pre-req options; explore the LSA Course Guide)

Students must earn at least a C- grade 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 and carefully read the 'Sociology Major Requirement Information Sheet' linked below.

Major Example:

Prerequisite to declare - SOC 100 or 102 or 300 or 302 (choose one)
SOC 210 or STATS 250 (4 credits)
SOC 310 (4)
SOC 305 (4)
SOC 200-level or higher elective (3)
SOC 200-level or higher elective (4) – optional LJSC or SHM sub-plan
SOC 300-level or higher elective (3)
SOC 300-level or higher elective (3)
SOC 300-level or higher elective (4) – optional LJSC or SHM sub-plan
SOC 300-level or higher elective (4) – optional LJSC or SHM sub-plan
33 total major credits

Optional Submajors

A submajor is a purposeful selection of electives focused 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 in:

  • Law, Justice, & Social Change Submajor (LJSC)
  • Sociology of Health & Medicine Submajor (SHM)
  • Sociology & Social Work (SSW)

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 or email

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.