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Sociology Degree Requirements

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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 201 Social Inequality 
  • SOCI 350 Social Theory
  • SOCI 351 Qualitative Methods and Analysis 
  • SOCI 352 Quantitative Methods and Analysis
  • SOCI 454 Seminar

Five 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. One HNRS/INQ 260SO may count as a lower-level elective. Three of the following Anthropology courses may count as electives in the Sociology major (but only one 300-level ANTH course): ANTH 101, 212, 261, 310, 361, and 380. 

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

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.

View the Sociology Major Checksheet (Up to Spring 2015).

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. 

A minor in sociology requires six units in Sociology, including: SOCI 101, 201, 351, or 352 (or any other social science methods course such as CJUS/I.R./POLI 209 or PSYC 205), and 3 additional units in sociology, with at least one 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 Anthropology courses may count as electives in the Sociology minor (but only one 300-level ANTH course): ANTH 101, 212, 261, 310, 361 and 380. 

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