The major is designed to teach undergraduate students the sociological perspective, which incorporates three central aspects:
- The recognition of the preeminence of social structures and their influences, and of micro and macro-level social processes.
- The role of logic and of the scientific method in the acquisition of knowledge.
- The enduring link between the individual's experience and larger social processes.
By deciding to major in sociology you have chosen a liberal-arts specialty that leads to a wide range of career options in government or business. In addition, a sociology major provides a solid foundation for further post-graduate study in law, business, and the social sciences.
Every sociology major will be assigned a Faculty Contact when he or she is first advised in the sociology department. The faculty section of this site is an excellent way to become familiar with various faculty members. A student may request a specific faculty member as his or her Faculty Contact or may request a change of Faculty Contact. The Academic Advisor will make every effort to honor these requests. The function of the Faculty Contact is to assist students in identifying and planning for their long term academic and employment goals. Faculty advisors are not be responsible for handling course scheduling--for this, students should consult the staff of the Sociology Advising Office in 113D Baldwin Hall.
Requirements for the Major
The requirements for the major in sociology are:
- Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 Introductory Sociology
- Required: STAT 2000, SOCI 3220 Development of Sociological Theory, AND ONE OF THESE TWO RESEARCH COURSES:
- SOCI 3600 Logic and Practice of Sociological Research
- SOCI 3590 Qualitative Methods of Social Research
- Electives: 6 courses, 5 of which must be 3000-level or higher.
STAT 2000 is a prerequisite for SOCI 3600. Majors must have a grade of "C" or better before they will be permitted to enroll in SOCI 3600. Grades of C- or lower will not satisfy the prerequisite for SOCI 3600.
There is an extremely high demand for SOCI 3600 and only a limited number of seats are available each semester. If you are close to graduating and need this class, come in early the preceding semester to be advised.
No more than six (6) hours of transfer credit can be used to satisfy major requirements.
A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all SOCI courses for them to count toward the major. Grades of C- or lower in SOCI courses will not count toward the major.
To determine which courses are being offered in any particular semester, please refer to the course schedules posted by the Department. Descriptions of all sociology courses can be found in the UGA Bulletin. As you plan your class schedule for each semester with our advising staff, please note that there will be prerequisites for some courses. Remember also that sociology courses used to satisfy Core Area A-F or the new Core Curriculum Area I-VI requirements (i.e., SOCI 1101, 1101H, SOCI 2020, 2100, 2420, 2470 2600, or 2820, etc.) may not also be used to satisfy major requirements.
We encourage majors who will be going to graduate school or working in research settings to gain additional research experience by registering for Supervised Research in Sociology (4900 or 4960H), completing an Honor Thesis (4990H), or participating in the Department’s Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program. All of these options provide valuable research opportunities. It is important to note, however, that credits obtained through these options are intended to supplement rather than replace the normal requirements of the major. Consequently, students are only allowed to use a maximum of 6 research credits toward the requirements of the major. Additional credits earned through these research options will still count toward graduation, but they will not count toward the major.