Majoring in Sociology

Students who declare their major during or after Fall 2016 should choose one of the following concentrations in Sociology: 

Generalist Sociology Concentration

Of all our concentrations, the Generalist Sociology concentration provides the most flexibility. Students will gain substantive knowledge while investigating a wide array of institutions and social processes. Strong analytic skills are developed through the major’s rigorous theory and research methods requirements. Students who are considering multiple career paths will benefit from the breadth of knowledge developed in this concentration.

Globalization Concentration

In the Globalization concentration, students will master core theoretical approaches to understanding the political-economic, social, and cultural dimensions of globalization. Courses will analyze pressing global issues including development and inequality, immigration, the environment, work, gender, and sexuality. The concentration prepares students to work in an array of globally-oriented careers in public agencies, NGOs, and private firms.

Health, Medicine, and Well-Being Concentration

The Health, Medicine, and Well-Being concentration focuses on how health, illness, and health care are shaped by society, and vice versa. Students who elect this major concentration will develop a strong understanding of how cultural and structural factors influence the practice of medicine, and explore the social causes of illness and mortality. Course topics include: the social construction of illness, the social organization of medicine around the world, social responses to illness, social foundations of health behaviors, and the link between social stratification and health disparities. The concentration is ideal training for students who are planning careers as physicians, nurses or other health care providers, or those interested in public health, health policy, hospital administration, and other aspects of health care delivery.

Criminology, Law, and Society Concentration

The Criminology, Law, and Society concentration provides sociology majors with in-depth study of the social theories and research methodologies that build understanding of law, crime, and social control. Courses in the concentration investigate issues such as how and why societies create laws; why criminal behavior varies across societies, communities, and individuals; and how differences in social structure and culture affect compliance with the law. The concentration provides conceptual and practical skills that are valuable in a variety of career settings. It is especially strong training for individuals interested in working in law, law enforcement, criminal justice, and in an array of socio-legal, criminological, and justice research settings.

Social Problems, Policy, and Justice Concentration

The Social Problems, Policy, and Justice concentration equips sociology majors with a strong understanding of the sources and consequences of pressing social problems, and competing approaches to enacting social change. Courses in the concentration investigate how social issues come to be identified and understood as social problems; media; the generation of inequalities related to race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, immigration status and class; urban and spatial inequalities; the relationship between humans and the environment; and how social activism, social policy, and other sources of social change may affect these pressing concerns. Coupled with the major’s rigorous theory and research methods sequence, this concentration prepares students to work in education, journalism, business, social advocacy, activism and social policy settings.

If you declared your major before then, remember that you are responsible for fulfilling the requirements described in the Catalog published for the year you declared. If you have questions, please see your advisor.