Sociology: Urban Sociology, 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.
Neighborhoods, cities, and metropolitan areas are communities defined by geographic, economic, legal, political, cultural, and social boundaries. The characteristics distinguishing urban areas that affect social interactions include density of concentration of residents and firms-relative homogeneity in ethnicity, class, education, language, and income of neighbors; shared representations, such as sports teams; common meeting places and facilities, such as churches, schools, clubs, restaurants, and businesses; and facilities of communication and transportation. How does the configuration of urban areas affect opportunities for employment, education, health, and safety? What shapes the interactions within and across neighborhoods? Why are jobs suburbanizing? Why are neighborhoods and schools segregated by race, ethnicity, and income?
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.
For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.
|College General Education Requirements and Free Electives|
|Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives||20|
|SOCI 001||Introduction to Sociology||1|
|Select 1 course unit in Sociological Theory||1|
|Social Research Methods|
|SOCI 100||Introduction to Sociological Research||1|
|Select 1 course unit in Advanced Research Methods||1|
|Select 1 course unit in Statistics||1|
|Urban Sociology Concentration|
|Select 3 course units in Concentration||3|
|Additional SOCI Courses|
|Select 4 course units in SOCI Free 2||4|
|SOCI or Related Courses|
|Select 2 course units in SOCI or Related||2|
|Complete Research Poster|
|Total Course Units||34|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
Students are encouraged to take some courses outside of their concentration.
Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in the major.
|Thesis Workshop II|
|Independent Study (Or Approved Course)|
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2019 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.