Roanoke College

Sociology Degree Requirements


Major Degree Requirements

The major in sociology ensures that students are able to define critical elements of social problems. They develop an understanding of how race, gender, socioeconomic factors and other differences among people impact our society. Having gained insight into how organizations and social systems work, graduates of the program are well-prepared to be agents of social change.

A major in sociology requires a minimum of 11 units, including:

  • SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 251 Research Methods
  • SOCI 252 Data Analysis
  • SOCI 353 Social Theory
  • SOCI 454 Seminar

Six additional units in sociology, at least 3 of which must be at or above the 300 level. Honors project (SOCI 495, 496, 497) and Independent Study and Research (SOCI 405, 406, 407) may count for the 400 level elective.

Sociology 416 (Community Internship) may not be used to satisfy the 300/400 level requirement as it is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Sociology 101 or INQ260SO or permission of the instructor is the minimal prerequisite to all other sociology courses. Sociology 101 and one 200-level sociology course are the minimal prerequisites to Sociology 251, which begins the core sequence in the major. Sociology 251 (or permission) is prerequisite to Sociology 252 and Sociology 252 (or permission) is the prerequisite to Sociology 353. The completion of all required core courses and senior status are prerequisites to Sociology 454. Students majoring in sociology are encouraged to take Sociology 251 and 252 in the sophomore year. Sociology 353 is strongly recommended for the junior year, prior to enrolling in Sociology 454 in the senior year. The prerequisite for all 300-level courses will be SOCI 101 and one 200-level sociology course, or permission of the instructor. The prerequisite for all 400-level courses is SOCI 353 or permission of the instructor.

Double Majors
To obtain a double major, all requirements for each major must be completed, with a maximum of 5 units that are applicable to both majors. Recent sociology majors have earned a second major in psychology, criminal justice, political science, biology, art, religion, philosophy, urban studies, Spanish, and business administration.

Three of the following: ANTH 101, ANTH 212, ANTH 310, and ANTH 380 may count as electives in the Sociology major (but only one 300-level ANTH course).

Glossary of Key Sociological Concepts

View the Sociology Major Checksheet.

View the Sociology Major Checksheet (Spring 2015 and beyond). 

Minor Degree Requirements

The sociology minor allows students to focus some of their studies at Roanoke in the broad areas of the discipline as well as other areas of their choosing. Often students will focus on topics such as deviance, education or political sociology as a way to complement their major.

Although all students are required to complete the requirements of a major, a minor is optional for students. A minor provides students with a broader based liberal arts background by studying a second field in some depth. Roanoke College offers 28 minors.

A minor in sociology requires six units in Sociology, including: Sociology 101, Sociology 251 (or any other social science methods course such as POLI/CJUS 340 or PSYC 205), and 4 additional units in sociology, with at least two at the 300 or 400 level. SOCI 416 (Community Internship) may not be used to satisfy the 300/400 level requirement. Two of the following: ANTH 101, ANTH 212, ANTH 310, and ANTH 380 may count as electives in the Sociology minor (but only one 300-level ANTH course).

View the Sociology Minor Checksheet (Spring 2015 and beyond).