Major RequirementsThe major in sociology leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Completion of the major requirements entails 39 credits, of which 27 - 30 are in sociology courses.
A. Study within the Area of the Major
- Required courses:
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 201 Research Methods
SOC 202 Statistical Methods in Sociology or another allowed statistics course
SOC 361 Historical Development of Sociological Theory
- Sociology electives:
Free selection of courses, totaling 18 credits, from among all sociology course offerings.
* Only six credits of independent study courses, 447, 487, 488, 495, and 496 may be used toward the requirement of 18 elective credits in sociology. SOC 475 and 476 do not count toward the elective requirements.
B. Study in Related Areas
Three courses (nine credits) chosen from one of the following related social sciences: Africana studies (only those courses with designator AFS), anthropology (ANT only), economics, history, linguistics, political science, psychology, social sciences, and women's studies.
C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement
Sociology majors are expected to fulfill the upper-division writing requirement by the end of their junior year. Students may meet the requirement by having their writing evaluated in certain upper-division sociology courses. Students who have indicated that they wish to have their writing evaluated receive a separate report on writing proficiency in addition to their regular course grade.
Students whose writing is not judged adequate should consult with the director of undergraduate studies on further steps to fulfill the writing requirement.
- All sociology courses offered in satisfaction of major requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
- Only one elective can be taken Pass/No Credit. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade.
- No transferred sociology course with a grade lower than C is accepted for credit in the major.
Note: The Sociology Department requires that transfer students take at least 12 credits in sociology in residence at Stony Brook to complete the sociology major.
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News & Events
|• Michael Schwartz, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus. and our alumnus Josh Murray (Vanderbilt University) have won the outstanding article award for the ASA Marxist Sociology Section for their paper, "Moral Economy, Structural Leverage, and Organizational Efficacy: Class Formation and the Great Fling Sit-Down Strike, 1936-37." Critical Historical Studies|
|• Tiffany Joseph (with co-author Helen Marrow) has received the Donald W. Light Award for the Applied or Public Practice of Medical Sociology. The award was received for their paper, "Excluded and Frozen Out: Unauthorized Immigrants' (Non) Access to Care after Healthcare Reforms." Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies
|•Carrie Shandra has been awarded a grant under the Department of Labor Scholars Program for a project on Job Characteristics and Job Retention of Young Workers With Disabilities|
|• Jennifer Heerwig (with collaborator Brian McCabe) has been awarded a seed grant from
Georgetown's McCourt School Massive Data Institute for their project,
"The Seattle Voucher Experiment: Using Big Data to Enhance Local Democracy."
|• Arnout van de Rijt with our Alumni Eran Shor (McGill University) was awarded the bests paper award from the Communication, Information Technology and Media Studies section of the ASA for their co-authored paper (Eran Shor, Arnoug van de Rijt, Alex Mitsov, Vivek Kulkarni, and Steven Skiena), "A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News." American Sociological Review
|• Carrie Shandra was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Publication in the Sociology of Disability Award from the ASA Section on Disability and Society for her paper "Benefactors and Beneficiaries? Disability and Care to Others" forthcoming in the Journal of Marriage and Family
|• Rebekah Burroway has received an "Outstanding Author Contribution" from the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for her paper "Empowering Women, Strengthening Children: A Multi-Level Analysis of Gender Inequality and Child Malnutrition in Developing Countries" published in Advances in Gender Research|
|• Amy Hsin, Queens College, Department of Sociology, May 3rd, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403,"The Effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the Educational Outcomes of Undocumented Students: Evidence from a Large Public University."
|• Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Tiffany Joseph, Wednesday, April 19th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "The Growing Citizen-Noncitizen Divide: Life along the Documentation Status Continuum."|
|• Transforming Sociology (program), Sociology Graduate Student Conference, March 31, 2017, Center for Global Studies at Stony Brook University
|• Deborah Carr, Rutgers University, Department of Sociology, March 29th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Do Marital and Kin Support Enhance (or Undermine) Older Adults' Well-Being? New Evidence from the DUST Study."
|• Nicholas Hoover Wilson selected as a Faculty Fellow at the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook University for 2017-2018.|
|• Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Ph.D. student Helena Darwin, Wednesday, November 30th, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "Doing Genderqueer"|
|•Chandra Muller, University of Texas, Austin, Department of Sociology, November 14th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Education and the Transition Through Adulthood to Midlife in the New Economy."
|• Sociology Brown Bag Series presents Assistant Professor Jason Jones,
Wednesday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:20 PM, SBS N403, "An Audit Study of Public School Principals: Evidence for Selective Response."
|• Mindfulness and Diversity: Mind-Body Approaches for Enhancing Awareness and Well-Being, Friday, October 28th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For information and to register, please go to
•IHSS will present Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University, Professor of Anthropology and of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, October 26, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM, SBS N318, "Governmentality in the East."
•Stewart Hoover, University of Colorado-Boulder, Director of the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture, October 24th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Does God Make the Man? Media, Religion, and the Crisis of Masculinity"
•Josh Pacewicz, Brown University, Department of Sociology, October 10th, 4:00 - 5:30 PM, SBS N403, "Partisans & Partners: The Politics of the Post-Keynesian Society."
Department of Sociology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4356, tel.: +1 (631) 632-7700