Sociology

Requirements

MAJOR:

Eleven courses (44 units) in Sociology which must include:

  • Sociology 101;
  • a theory course (200 or 205);
  • Sociological Inquiry (304);
  • a research methods course (305, or 310);
  • Senior Seminar (490);
  • and six electives chosen from within the sociology department.

The Sociology Department encourages students to declare the major by the end of their first year. 

If you declare at the end of your first year, you should:

  1. take Classic or Contemporary Sociological Theory (200 or 205) in your sophomore year.
  2. take Sociological Inquiry (304) in your sophomore year.
  3. take a research methods course (305, 306 or 310) in your junior year.
  4. enroll in Senior Seminar (490) in the fall of your senior year.

If you declare during your sophomore year, you should:

  1. take Classic or Contemporary Sociological Theory (200 or 205) as soon as possible.
  2. take Sociological Inquiry (304) as soon as possible.
  3. take a research methods course (305, 306 or 310) in your junior year.
  4. enroll in Senior Seminar (490) in the fall of your senior year.

Students who plan to study abroad should work with their advisor on a plan to complete their major requirements.  Classes taken in sociology departments while abroad count towards the major electives.

Eleven courses (44 units) in Sociology which must include 101, a theory course (200 or 205, Social Inquiry (304), a methods course (305. 306 or 310), and senior seminar (490). The remaining six courses are electives that students may select from all the other courses offered by the department. One non-Sociology course cross-listed with Sociology can count towards the major.

305 meets the College Core math requirement. For sociology majors, 304 is a precursor to 305, 306 or 310.

The Sociology Department strongly encourages students to take 101 in their first or second year, 200 or 205 in their second year and a methods course before the senior seminar.

MINOR: Five courses (20 units) in Sociology which must include 101. The remaining four courses are electives that students may select from all the other courses offered by the department.

WRITING REQUIREMENT: Students majoring in Sociology will satisfy the final component of Occidental College's college-wide writing requirement by completing any 300 level Sociology course by the end of the fall semester of the junior year with a grade of B- or higher (or appropriate course work). Students should familiarize themselves with the departmental requirement at the time of declaring the major. See the Writing Program and consult the department chair for additional information.

COMPREHENSIVE REQUIREMENT: Students will engage in a major research project that will culminate in a written senior thesis.

DEPARTMENTAL HONORS: A distinctive ("PD") comprehensive senior thesis based on primary research along with a 3.5 grade point average in the department and 3.25 overall.

INTERNSHIPS: The department, in concert with the Career Development Center, keeps files on available internships in law, criminal justice, and various social and community agencies.