Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Major in Sociology

Major in Sociology

Core Requirements for Sociology Majors 

  • SOC S161 Principles of Sociology (3 cr.)
  • SOC S215 Social Change (3 cr.)
  • SOC S230 Society and the Individual (3 cr.)
  • SOC S261 Research Methods in Sociology (3 cr.)
  • SOC S262 Statistics for Sociology (3 cr.) 
  • SOC S340 Sociological Theory (3 cr.)

The sociology major requires 30 credit hours total. In additional to the above, select any four additional sociology courses (12 cr.). At least two of these four must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Courses in the major cannot be used to satisfy Group III distribution.

Sociology majors must also complete the general education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Emphasis Areas for Sociology Majors

With careful planning, students may select courses that concentrate in one of several emphasis areas that reflect the specialization of our faculty. 

The Sociology emphasis would include the above core requirements and additional courses that emphasize a sociological theme such as:

  • Deviance or Inequality 
    • SOC-S310 Women in America
    • SOC-S317 Social Stratification
    • SOC-S320 Deviant Behavior and Social Control
    • SOC-S325 Criminology
    • SOC-S328 Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC-S331 Sociology of Aging
    • SOC-S335 Race and Ethnic Relations
    • SOC-S337 Women and Crime 
    • SOC-S420 Topics in Deviance
  • Social Organization 
    • SOC-S 311 Political Sociology
    • SOC-S 313 Sociology of Religion
    • SOC-S 314 Social Aspects of Health and Medicine
    • SOC-S 315 Sociology of Work
    • SOC-S 316 Sociology of the Family
    • SOC-S 410 Topics in Social Organization
    • SOC-S 416 The Family
  • Medical Sociology
    • SOC S314 Social Aspects of Health and Medicine
    • SOC S331 Sociology of Aging
    • SOC S362 Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Gender
    • SOC S164 Marital Relations and Sexuality
    • SOC S310 The Sociology of Women in America
    • SOC S337 Women and Crime
  • Family Studies
    • SOC Marital Relations and Sexuality
    • SOC S316 Sociology of the Family
    • SOC S416 Advanced Topics in Sociology of the Family
  • Social Movements
    • SOC S311 Political Sociology
    • SOC S418 The Sociology of Political and Religious Movements
    • SOC S419 Social Movements and Collective Action
  • Qualitative / Ethnographic methods
    • SOC S254 Qualitative Research Methods
    • SOC S431 Topics in Social Psychology
    • SOC S441 Topics in Social Theory

For more information visit the Sociology and Anthropology page on the IU Northwest Bulletin.