Skip to content

Sociology Major

Study human behavior and how it shapes and is shaped by larger cultural and social contexts


 

SOCIOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

PRINTABLE MAJOR WORKSHEET  MAJOR MAP  Class scheduleSSPRING 2023 SOCIOLOGY MAJOR COURSE AVAILABILITY

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • 18 credit hours from the major must be completed at the University of Utah
  • Major courses must be completed with a C- or better
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA

 

SOCIOLOGY REQUIRED CORE (15 CREDITS)

All Sociology majors are required to complete the Sociology required core courses:

SOC1010 Intro to Sociology (3) BF
SOC 1015/2015 Doing Sociology (2)
SOC 3111 Research Methods (3) CW
SOC 3112 Social Statistics (4) QB, QI
SOC 3140 Social Theory (3)

 

SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM AREAS (12 CREDITS)

Sociology students must complete one course from all four Program Areas

DIVERSITY AND INEQUALITY

  • The program area of “Diversity and Inequality” comprises classes that focus on issues of race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexuality.  Classes in this program area explore these significant issues in the areas of health, music, film, and the American experience.

POPULATION AND HEALTH

  • The program area of “Population and Health” involves demography, or the study of the structure of human population. These classes examine trends in birth, death, migration, illness and family structure in the US and globally.

DEVIANCE, CRIME, AND LAW

  • The program area of “Deviance, Crime and Law” includes classes that focus on criminology and criminal justice. These classes cover policing, white collar crime, gangs, terrorism, intimate partner violence and sociological perspectives on the law.

GLOBALIZATION, POLITICS & SOCIETY

  • The program area of “Globalization, Politics and Society” emphasizes interconnections between people and places worldwide. These classes cover capitalism, politics, religion, social movements and the environment, with a focus on US and other countries in global context.

 

SOCIOLOGY ELECTIVES (9 CREDITS)

Any SOC course, upper or lower division that a student have not yet taken, can fulfill elective requirements. Students can choose from the program areas and other SOC classes that Sociology offers, specifically intended as electives. Below are some examples of Sociology electives, but not exhaustive or exclusive to all electives offered. 

SOC 1020 Social Problems (3) BF
SOC 3020 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 3042 Sociology of Film (3)
SOC 3052 Digital Society (3)

Students can also take up to 6 credits of the following courses that go towards Sociology electives.

  • Individual Research (SOC 3950)
  • Directed Reading (SOC 3951)
  • Internships (SOC 4890, SOC 4891, SOC 4892)
  • Senior Thesis (SOC 3877, SOC 4877)
  • Honors Thesis (SOC 4999)

 

ALLIED COURSEWORK (12 CREDITS)

Students must complete 9 of the 12 credits at an upper division level (3000+). Courses from the following departments are accepted in this section.

Additional courses outside of the listed departments above have been approved on an individual basis. Students can review their Degree Audit for a comprehensive list. Other courses may be approved with prior department approval only.

ADVISING APPOINTMENT

Ready to declare? Still have questions? Discover how sociology integrates with your existing plan.

SCHEDULE AN ADVISING APPOINTMENT

Last Updated: 10/11/22