Major RequirementsThe major in sociology leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Completion of the major requirements entails 39 credits, of which 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, and 488, 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
At least 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 (WST only).
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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