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Major / Minor Requirements

The Sociology Department offers a major and and minor in Sociology.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.


Sociology Major

The Sociology major consists of 44 credit hours including a 4-hour senior seminar and one additional course outside the major (see below for approved courses). A total of six courses consisting of 24 credits constitute the core. These courses include the following:

SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology (4 cr.)
SOC 3020 Sociological Research I (4 cr.)
SOC 3240 Logic of Sociological Inquiry (4 cr.)
SOC 3900 Data Analysis (4 cr.)
SOC 4010 Social Theory Seminar (4 cr.)
SOC 4990 Senior Seminar in Sociology (4 cr.)

Elective courses

An additional 16 hours of sociology electives are required for the major. Any course offered in Sociology with a 2000 or higher designation that is not required for the core may be used to meet this requirement. Frequently offered courses include the following:

SOC 2040 Sociology of Religion (4 cr.)
SOC 200T/400T Topics in Sociology (1-4 cr.)
SOC 2270 Juvenile Delinquency (4 cr.)
SOC 2530 Race and Racisms (4 cr.)
SOC 2770 Sex, Gender, and Sexuality (4 cr.)
SOC 3110 Deviance (4 cr.)
SOC 3120 Elite Deviance (4 cr.)
SOC 3440 Sociology of Health and Illness (4 cr.)
SOC 3450 Global Poverty (4 cr.)
SOC 3500 Field Placement
SOC 3550 Internship

Choose one 

Finally, students must take one of the following courses outside the Sociology Department:

CDM 3400 Communication and Technology (4 cr.)
ECN 3220 Regional Economic Development (4 cr.)
ECN 3240 Public Sector Economics (4 cr.)
ECN 3250 Economics of Poverty and Income Inequality (4 cr.)
GEO 1610 Introduction to GIS: Mapping Your World (4 cr.)
POL 2400 American Government: National, State, and Local (4 cr.)
POL 3350 Human Rights (4 cr.)
PYC 2200 Social Psychology (4 cr.)
PYC 2850 Child and Adolescent Development (4 cr.)
PYC 3450 Contemporary Issues in Sex and Gender (4 cr.)
SWK 2210 Family Violence (4 cr.)
SWK 2400 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4 cr.)
SWK 3100 Social Welfare Policy Analysis (4 cr.)
WMG 1100 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (4 cr.)
WMG 3110 Women’s and Gender Studies Theory (4 cr.)

Sociology Minor

The sociology minor consists of 24 credit hours. It must include SOC 1000 Introduction of Sociology and SOC 3020 Sociological Research I.

Honors in the Major

Please see department chair for details. Basic requirements are listed under All-College Programs in the catalog.

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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