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Major Requirements

The 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

  1. 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  

  2. 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 will fulfill the WRTD requirement when they take SOC 361, Historical Theory.  

Transfer students who have fulfilled their theory requirement at a different university should consult with the director of undergraduate studies on alternate steps to fulfill the writing requirement.

Grading Policy

  1. All sociology courses offered in satisfaction of major requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
  2. Only one elective can be taken Pass/No Credit. All   required  courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  3. 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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