Calvin's sociology major is designed to give you a broad understanding of important issues and research methods in sociology, while also giving you space to specialize in topics that interest you.

Using the tools of social science, including statistical analysis, theory and other research methods, you'll be equipped to gain an objective look at some of the most important issues of today. Take courses in criminal justice, diversity and inequality, religion and society, and many more.

Course Requirements 2016-17

Course Requirements 2016-2017

    Sociology Major, BA

    (34 semester hours)

    Program Requirements

    • SOC-151 Sociological Principles and Perspectives
    • SOC-255 Soical Science Statistics
    • SOC-318 Sociological Theory
    • SOC-320 Social Research
    • SOC-395 Sociology Integrative Seminor
    • Six electives

    Sociology Electives:

    • SOC-151 Sociological Principles and Perspectives
    • SOC-153 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • SOC-210 The Criminal Justice System
    • SOC-250 Diversity and Inequality in the United States
    • SOC-252 African Diapora in the Americas
    • SOC-253 Intercultural Communication
    • SOC-255 Social Science Statistics
    • SOC-302 Urban Sociology
    • SOC-303 Anthropology of Religion
    • SOC-304 The Family
    • SOC-306 Sociology of Deviance
    • SOC-308 Demography and World Population Problems
    • SOC-151 Sociological Principles and Perspectives
    • SOC-255 Soical Science Statistics
    • SOC-318 Sociological Theory
    • SOC-320 Social Research
    • SOC-395 Sociology Integrative Seminor
    • Six electives

    Sociology Electives:

    • SOC-153 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    • SOC-210 The Criminal Justice System
    • SOC-250 Diversity and Inequality in the United States
    • SOC-252 African Diapora in the Americas
    • SOC-253 Intercultural Communication
    • SOC-302 Urban Sociology
    • SOC-303 Anthropology of Religion
    • SOC-304 The Family
    • SOC-306 Sociology of Deviance
    • SOC-308 Demography and World Population Problems
    • SOC-311 Religion and Society
    • SOC-314 Contemporary Social Problems
    • SOC-315 Sociology of Sport
    • SOC-316 Social Gerontology
    • SOC-317 Death, Dying, and Bereavement
    • SOC-319 Special Problems and Current Issues in Criminal Justice
    • SOC-380 Internship in Sociology
    • SOC-390 Independent Study

To graduate with honors in sociology, you must apply to the honors program and must meet the following criteria:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 within the major as well as overall and a total of six honors courses (18 hours minimum) overall, including at least three honors courses outside the major.
  2. At least three honors courses within Sociology.
  3. Completion of an honors thesis in Sociology 395, including a public presentation of results whenever appropriate.
  4. Honors students are encouraged to participate in department seminars and colloquia, when appropriate.

To learn more, contact the department's honors advisor Todd Vanden Berg.

To be admitted to the major program in sociology, a student must complete Sociology 151 with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

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