Major Requirements (Old core areas, classes of 2014 and 2015)

From the Undergraduate Catalog 2012/2013:

Students majoring in sociology are required to complete 33 hours of work in sociology. The major consists of five types of courses: introduction to sociology; a course in theory; courses that emphasize research skills; courses that familiarize students with core areas of the field; and electives. In addition to these sociology courses, students must take a statistics course as part of their training in research skills. The statistics course must be taken prior to the required Research practicum (Soc 212).

Introduction: Sociology 101, 101W, or 102, 102W (3 hours)

Theory: Sociology 201 (3 hours)

Research Skills (3 courses, 9 hours, 3 credit hours each):

Sociology 127 (or Economics 150 or 155; or Math 127b or 218; students also majoring in A & S psychology or in the Peabody majors in human and organizational development, child development, cognitive studies, or child studies may fulfill the sociology statistics requirement with Psychology 209 or Peabody Psychology and Human Development Statistics 2101)

The statistics requirement is followed by or concurrent with Sociology 211

Sociology 212 (or Independent Research 296; or Independent Research 295a, 295b, or 299 with approval of the chair or director of undergraduate studies)

Core Areas:

Crime, Law, and Deviance: Sociology 224, 231, 232, 233, 234, 240

Organizations, Politics, and Inequality: Sociology 221, 225, 235, 236, 239, 244, 247, 249, 250, 251, 252, 254, 255, 256, 268, 272, 279, Jewish Studies 252

Family, Medicine, and Mental Health: Sociology 206, 220, 230, 237, 264, Anthropology 265

Culture and Social Change: Sociology 204, 214, 216, 218, 219, 227, 228, 229, 246, 248, 257, 270, 277, Jewish Studies 155, 158, Women’s and Gender Studies 243

Students must take at least one course in three of the four core areas (9 credits)

Electives: Any 3 sociology courses not used to satisfy the above requirements (9 credits)

Total hours:   33

Students also take a final comprehensive exam during their senior year. The exam is not graded, and the score does not appear on the final transcript.

Honors Program Requirements:

The Honors Program offers superior students the opportunity to pursue intensive work within sociology.  Students who meet the College of Arts and Science requirements and are recommended for the program by the director of undergraduate studies will typically begin the program in the fall of their junior or senior year.  To be considered for the Honors Program in Sociology, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA and a minimum sociology GPA of 3.3.  Honors in Sociology requires successful completion of at least 6 credit hours of 296 over two semesters.  The first semester, 296, is a 3-credit hour honors seminar in which students develop the literature review and research plan.  In the second semester of 296, also for 3 credits, students must complete the research, data analysis, and initial write-up of results.  Students must complete both the first and the second semesters (six credits total) in order to have the honors sequence replace Sociology 212.  Juniors often elect to take a third or even fourth semester of 296 during the senior year, when they may work on revisions of the project and on publication.  Students who begin the honors program in their senior year may also take more than 6 credits of 296.  A student who has completed an honors thesis will defend that thesis through an oral examination attended by the chair and reader of the thesis; this oral defense will typically take place during the spring semester of the student’s senior year.  Students who complete the honors sequence take a minimum of 36 hours to complete the requirements for the major in sociology.  Students must successfully complete an honors thesis by the end of the spring semester of their senior year.  Interested majors should contact the director of undergraduate studies for information.

David J. Hess, Director of Undergraduate Studies
david.j.hess@vanderbilt.edu

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