Program Information

The program in sociology is designed to reflect the historic importance of the discipline in the liberal arts education and tradition. The sociology curriculum teaches students to recognize how social processes, social institutions, and culture are produced through humans interacting with one another, and how social, economic, political, and historical forces shape, and are shaped by, social relationships. Through the progressive acquisition of skills, students learn the basic principles of sociology and apply these to the critical analysis of social problems, social issues, and social relationships. Research and internship opportunities in the major ask students to put their sociological knowledge and skill set to use in real-world settings. Throughout their sociological journey, students are encouraged to become responsible and engaged community members who are committed to creating positive social change.

Sociology presents many distinctive ways of looking at the world, and its focus on critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and analysis makes an education in sociology an excellent point of departure for a number of careers. Opportunities for the sociologist are numerous and vary greatly. Historically, the most popular career fields for graduates with a sociology degree are education, social service, government, business, research, community-based organizing, and organizational management. In recent years, there has been considerable growth in medical and legal career opportunities for sociologists, as well.

Requirements for the Sociology Major (9 Credits)

  • SOC 201 Navigating Social Worlds (1)
  • SOC 231/SOC 301 (QA*) Social Statistics (1)
  • SOC 303 Sociological Theory (1)
  • SOC 401W (QA) Quantitative Methods in Social Research (1)
  • SOC 402W Qualitative Methods of Social Research (1)

Three 100- or 300-level Sociology Courses or IDS 215 (Willamette Academy Service Learning) (3)

(Only one of these can be at the 100-level)

Senior Experience, chosen from: (1)

Requirements for the Sociology Minor (5 Credits)

  • SOC 201 Navigating Social Worlds (1)
  • Four additional Sociology credits or IDS 215 (Willamette Academy Service Learning) (4) (Only two of these can be at the 100-level)

Students usually start their minor in sociology with a 100-level exploration course. SOC 201 -- Navigating Social Worlds -- is the gateway course to other 300- and 400-level courses and is required for the minor. In addition, students must take four additional credits for a minor in sociology, with no more than two of these being at the 100-level. The 300-level courses have a prerequisite of SOC 201 Navigating Social Worlds or any 100-level Sociology course. The 400-level methods courses have prerequisites of SOC 201 Navigating Social Worlds and SOC 303 Social Theory, with SOC 401W (QA) Quantitative Methods in Social Research also requiring the prerequisite of SOC 231/SOC 301 (QA*) Social Statistics or its equivalent.