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.

Minimum 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 Electives20
Major Requirements
Introductory Course
SOCI 001Introduction to Sociology1
Sociological Theory
Select 1 course units of Sociological Theory course1
Social Research Methods
SOCI 100Introduction to Sociological Research1
Select 1 course units of Advanced Research Methods course1
Select 1 course units of Statistics course1
Urban Sociology Concentration
Select 3 course units of Concentration courses3
Additional SOCI Courses
Select 4 course units of SOCI Free courses 24
SOCI or Related Courses
Select 2 course units of SOCI or Related courses2
Research Poster
Complete Research Poster
Total Course Units34

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
Thesis Workshop II
Independent Study (Or Approved Course)
Senior Thesis

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.