Major requirements   

Minor requirements   

4-Year Degree   

  

How do I declare the major/minor?

Any student who satisfies the requirements for University admissions can major in Sociology. Before you declare a major/minor, it is advisable that students have completed 45 to 60 credit hours. For those interested in declaring a major or a minor, please schedule an advising appointment with Stacie Moser (stacie.moser@wayne.edu), undergraduate academic advisor. 

 As a Wayne State Sociology undergraduate student, you will develop and deploy practical experiences to your course studies by participating in faculty research, independent undergraduate research, internship opportunities, campus lectures, seminars, and visits to research field sites in the Detroit metro area. For qualified students who wish to complete a thesis and embark on a challenging course of study, Sociology offers Departmental Honors in addition to the Wayne State Undergraduate Honors Program, and an opportunity to earn your Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree simultaneously with the Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) Program.
 
 

Major Requirements

A minimum of 33 credits is required for all sociology majors. Students must receive a grade of a “D” or better in SOC 1010, 2200, 3050, 3200, 3220, 4010 and SOC elective courses. A “C” or better grade is required for SOC 4996. Students are required to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 (C) and a sociology grade point average of a 2.0 (C) in order to be eligible for graduation.   

 

Sociology Core Courses (18 credits)

All sociology majors are required to take the following courses:

SOC 1010 (3) Understanding Human Society                          

SOC 2200 (2) Sociology as Vocation I                                                 

SOC 3050 (3) Basic Social Theory (Prerequisite: SOC 2200)                                            

SOC 3200 (3) Methods of Social Research

SOC 3220 (3) Introduction to Social Statistics

SOC 4010 (1) Sociology as Vocation II (Prerequisite: SOC 2200)   

*SOC 4996 (3) Sociology: Capstone Course (Prerequisite: SOC 1010, SOC 2200, SOC 3200, SOC 3220, SOC 3050, SOC 4010) Sociology Electives (15 credits) A Minimum of 6 credits must be completed at the 4000 level

 

Sociology Electives (15 credits) A Minimum of 6 credits must be completed at the 4000 level

 

Lower Division Electives

SOC 1020 (3) Social Problems

SOC 2100 (3) Topics in Sociology (9 credit max)

SOC 2201 (3) Race Relations in Metropolitan Detroit

SOC 2202 (3) Gendered Worlds

SOC 2203 (3) Social Psychology

SOC 2204 (3) Deviants and Outsiders

SOC 2205 (3) Sociology of Environment

SOC 2206 (3) Political Sociology

SOC 2207 (3) Sociology of Development

SOC 2208 (3) Sociology of Sport

SOC 2209 (3) Sociology of Religion

SOC 2300 (3) Social Inequality

SOC 2510 (3) People on the Move

SOC 3990 (3) Directed Study (6 credit max)

 

Upper Division Electives (Junior/Senior Standing Required)

SOC 4201 (3) Seminar in Race and Ethnicity

SOC 4202 (3) Seminar in Gender Inequality

SOC 4203 (3) Seminar in Global Development and Inequality

SOC 4204 (3) Seminar in Aging

SOC 4205 (3) Seminar in Medical Sociology

SOC 4600 (3) Internship in Sociology 

 

 

Minor Requirements

Sociology minors must complete at minimum of 20 credits in sociology but are welcome to elect additional courses if they would like. A student must earn a “D” grade or better in sociology core and elective courses for a sociology minor and maintain a cumulative 2.0 to have the minor certified.

 

Sociology Core Courses (11 credits)

All sociology minors are required to take the following courses:

SOC 1010 (3) Understanding Human Society

SOC 2200 (2) Sociology as Vocation I

SOC 3050 (3) Basic Social Theory

SOC 3200 (3) Methods: Social Research

 

Sociology Electives (9 credits total—a minimum of 3 credits must be completed at the upper division level)

 

Lower Division Electives

SOC 1020 (3) Social Problems

SOC 2100 (3) Topics in Sociology (9 credit max)

SOC 2201 (3) Race Relations in Metropolitan Detroit

SOC 2202 (3) Gendered Worlds

SOC 2203 (3) Social Psychology

SOC 2204 (3) Deviants and Outsiders

SOC 2205 (3) Sociology of Environment

SOC 2206 (3) Political Sociology

SOC 2207 (3) Sociology of Development

SOC 2208 (3) Sociology of Sport

SOC 2209 (3) Sociology of Religion

SOC 2300 (3) Social Inequality

SOC 2510 (3) People on the Move

SOC 3220* (3) Introduction to Social Statistics

SOC 3990 (3) Directed Study (6 credit max)

 

Upper Division Electives (Junior/Senior Standing Required)

SOC 4201 (3) Seminar in Race and Ethnicity

SOC 4202 (3) Seminar in Gender Inequality

SOC 4203 (3) Seminar in Global Development and Inequality

SOC 4204 (3) Seminar in Aging

SOC 4205 (3) Seminar in Medical Sociology

SOC 4600 (3) Internship in Sociology

 

*Sociology minors who are interested in attending graduate school after finishing their undergraduate degrees are encouraged to take SOC 3220 as an elective.

 

Student Responsibility:  Each sociology major is expected to meet regularly with the department advisor to ensure that he/she is making adequate progress in the program. Although the advisor will provide assistance in course planning, the responsibility for completing degree requirements remains with the student. 

 

 

To Find Out More about the Sociology Major or Minor or What to Do with Your Sociology Degree After Graduation, Please Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Sociology.

 

 

NOTE: Course offerings vary per semester, and therefore some of these courses may not be taught every semester or even every year. Other courses may be taught in place of some of the courses on this list. Thus students should refer to the current semester’s catalog of undergraduate sociology courses to see what electives are being taught. Remember that students must take at least 11 credits of electives to receive a sociology major!     

 

Undergraduate Bulletin

For more information about the undergraduate program in Sociology, please consult the Undergraduate Bulletin.          

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