Sociology Concentrations

Sociology majors have the option of concentrating in the areas of Crime, Law and Power or Global Economy, Organizations and Work.  Students are not required to have a concentration. Concentrations do not involve additional requirements on top of the standard major requirements. Instead, each concentration requires that at least three (3) of the six (6) electives allowed in the Sociology major be focused on specialized courses from approved lists. Students may count one course taken outside of the department towards the concentration; see pre-approved list below.  For students who expect to graduate in May, the deadline for declaring a concentration is January 31 in the student’s final semester. If the student’s final semester is in the fall, and a December graduation is expected, the deadline for declaring a concentration is the second Friday of the fall semester. To declare, students must complete a Declaration of Concentration form available here or a copy of the form can be picked up in the Sociology office (Randall 104).  Please fill out and sign the completed form and return to the Academic Administrative Assistant who will obtain the Director of Undergrad Program signature and submit to the registrar.  The registrar will add your concentration in SIS.

 

Crime, Law and Power

This concentration requires the completion of three (3) courses focused on issues in crime. criminology, justice, law and the legal system, or power and authority.  Students may use courses from the pre-approved list below, or may request the use of a course not listed.  Any courses not on the pre-approved list, including cross-listed courses, which a student might wish to have count towards the concentration, must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Programs. The request can be shown on the Declaration Form or communicated separately, in writing, to the Director of Undergraduate Programs.

SOC 2210 Drugs & Society 
SOC 2055 Law and Society 
SOC 2220 Social Problems
SOC 2230 Criminology
SOC 2380 Violence & Gender         
SOC 4230 Deviance & Social Control
SOC 4260 Race Crime & Punishment         
SOC 4660 Sociology of Power & Authority
SOC 4055 Sociology of Law             

 

Other relevant A&S courses (students may count only one of these towards the concentration):          

MDST 3406 The Wire: Understanding Urban America                   
PSYC 2410 Abnormal Psychology  
WGS 2898 Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus  
WGS 2897 Gender Violence and Social Justice      
WGS 4800 Gender-Based Violence 
AAS 3810 Race, Culture and Inequality      
PHIL 2060 Philosophical Problems in Law
PHIL 2690 Justice, Law, and Morality
PHIL 3670 Law and Society

 

Global Economy, Organizations and Work

This concentration requires the completion of three (3) courses focused on issues in Global Economy, Organizations and Work by selecting at least three of the six electives allowed in the Sociology major from a list of approved courses that address markets, money, consumption, development, organizations, work and other topics in economic sociology.  Students may use courses from the pre-approved list below, or may request the use of a course not listed. Any courses not on the pre-approved list, including cross-listed courses, which a student might wish to have count towards the concentration, must be approved by the Director of the Undergraduate Programs. The request can be shown on the Declaration Form or communicated separately, in writing, to the Director of Undergraduate Programs.

SOCI 2900 Economy and Society
SOCI 3559 Sociology of Innovation
SOCI 3440 Chinese Society
SOCI 3470 Sociology of Development
SOCI 3480 Sociology of Globalization
SOCI 3710 Organizations, Institutions, Markets
SOCI 4140 Sociology of Consumption
SOCI 4190 Gender and Work
SOCI 4290 Sociology of Money
SOCI 4480 Sociology of Professions
SOCI 4510 Special Topics in Work: The Ethics of Insecurity

 

Other relevant A&S courses (students may count only one of these towards the concentration):

ANTH 3220 - Economic Anthropology
HIUS 2061 - American Economic History (cross-listed as Econ 2060)
HIUS 3471 - History of American Labor
HIEU 2051 - Economic History of Europe
HIEA 3211 - Japan's Economic Miracle
ECON 4150 - Economics of Labor
ECON 4190 - Industrial Organization
ECON 4195 - Empirical Industrial Organization