Sociology Major

SOCIOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: 

1.  9-12 units of credit.

2.  One course at the 100 level. Majors may take additional courses at the 100 level, but a maximum of two such courses can be counted toward the major.

3.  203, Foundations of Social Theory.  Prerequisite:  any 100-level or 200-level Sociology course.

4.  300, Qualitative Research Methods; or 301, Quantitative Research Methods.  Prerequisite: 203, Foundations of Social Theory.

5.   Capstone Seminar:

Any 300 or 400 level topical seminar, including Special Topic seminars.  These seminars have significant individual research components and opportunities for collaborative work, critical thinking, synthesis, and practice in a variety of communication skills.  Prerequisites:  1 Sociology course at the 100-level, one Sociology course at the 200-level, and SOC 203 Foundations of Social Theory.  SOC 300 Qualitative Research Methods or 301 Quantitative Research Methods recommended but not required.

6. Experiential component, fulfilled by one of the following:

(a)  A SLU approved off-campus study program (semester or year).  To fulfill this requirement, students must also attend a gathering of Sociology Department faculty and other sociology majors returning from off-campus study to present a sociological reflection on their experiences.
(b)  Any Sociology course with a CBL (Community Based Learning) component.  Enrollment is by permission of instructor.
(c)  SOC 309 Internship. Prerequisite:  at least 2 sociology courses.  Enrollment is by permission of instructor.
(d)  Summerterm course in Ethiopia offered through Sociology.

 7.  After the completion of the Capstone Seminar, for majors who wish to then pursue an additional Capstone opportunity through independent research:

(a)  486 Capstone Independent Study (1.0 credit, 1 semester, Fall or Spring).   Prerequisites:  203Foundations of Social Theory, 300 or 301 Research Methods, any 300 or 400  level topical seminar, and Capstone Project Application submitted to the Sociology  Department for approval prior to preregistration the semester before the start of the project.

OR                 

(b)  495/496 Capstone Honors Project (2.0 credits, 2 semesters, 495 in Fall and 496 in Spring).  Prerequisites:  3.5 major GPA, 203 Foundations of Social Theory, 300 or 301 Research Methods, any 300 or 400 level topical seminar, and a Capstone Project Application submitted to the Sociology Department for approval prior to preregistration the semester before the start of the project.

8.   Electives:  requirements noted above + Sociology electives must TOTAL 9-12 units of credit

Sociology Minor Requirements:

1.  A minimum of six units of credit.

2.  Of these courses, no more than 2 Sociology courses at the 100-level can be counted towards the minor.

Honors:

Honors will be granted to students who complete the major with at least a 3.5 GPA in sociology and who successfully complete and defend a Capstone honors thesis (SOC 495/496) before a departmental committee.   Prerequisites:  3.5 major GPA, 203 Foundations of Social Theory, 300 or 301 Research Methods, any 300 or 400 level topical seminar, and a Capstone Project Application submitted to the Sociology Department for approval prior to preregistration the semester before the start of the project.

 

Requirements Checklists:

Sociology Major Advising Checklist (for those matriculating 2014 or later)
Sociology Major Advising Checklist (for those matriculating 2009-2013)

Sociology Minor Advising Checklist (for those matriculating 2014 or later)
Sociology Minor Advising Checklist (for those matriculating 2011-2013)