Sociology: Applied Research and Data Analysis, BA

The Sociology major helps students identify and explain patterns of social life and human behavior by emphasizing how large-scale social phenomena (such as class, race, and gender inequality) affect the everyday experiences of individuals and vice versa. The major prepares students for a career in a variety of fields such as law, medicine and healthcare, marketing, education, scholarly and applied social research, social work, demography, journalism and media, management in the public and private sectors, administration, and government. The program offers comprehensive advising and significant research and independent study opportunities. Our program is dedicated to nurturing a strong community of scholars, helping them grow academically and professionally under the large-scale mission of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Sociologists pursue knowledge in many ways, one of which is through the examination of society through surveys, demographic data, and statistical models.  In this concentration, students will become familiar with quantitative and/or qualitative methods in sociology, both with respect to how to use them in general and how they are applied for specific topics.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.

A minimum of 11 course units must be in Sociology.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Introductory Course
SOCI 001Introduction to Sociology1
Sociological Theory
Select 1 course unit in Sociological Theory1
Social Research Methods
SOCI 100Sociological Research Methods1
Select 1 course unit in Advanced Research Methods1
Select 1 course unit in Statistics1
Applied Research and Data Analysis Concentration
Select 3 Course Units in Concentration3
SOCI 111Health of Populations1.0
SOCI 128Basic Demographic Methods
SOCI 221Sample Survey Methods1.0
SOCI 222Ethnography
SOCI 535Quantitative Methods in Sociology I
SOCI 536Quantitative Methods in Sociology II1.0
SOCI 609Basic Demographic Methods
SOCI 611Structural Equation Models1.0
SOCI 612Categorical Data Analysis1.0
SOCI 613Event History1.0
SOCI 731Advanced Demographic Methods1.0
Additional SOCI Courses
Select 4 course units in SOCI Free 24
SOCI or Related Courses
Select 2 course units in SOCI or Related2
Research Poster
Complete Research Poster
Total Course Units41


Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in the major.

SOCI 300Thesis Workshop1
SOCI 301Thesis Workshop II.5
SOCI 399Independent Study (Or Approved Course)1
Senior Thesis

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.