Sociology Requirements

Sociology Major Requirements

The department requires 10 sociology courses* for the major. These must include the following three courses:

  • SOC 100. Social Change: An Introduction to Sociology;

  • SOC 200. Foundations of Social Theory;

  • SOC 305. Social Research Methods.

Six of the required 10 sociology courses must be numbered 300 or above; one of these courses must be a General Education Composition (C) writing course. SOC 305 will count as one of this group of six 300-level courses.

Students may count only one of the following (for a maximum of 4 credit hours) toward the major requirements: SOC 395 (Internship), SOC 397 (Independent Study), SOC 491 (Teaching Practicum) or SOC 498 (Independent Research).

Sociology courses taken at other colleges or universities may, in some cases, substitute for sociology courses offered at Binghamton. But we require that at least five of the 10 required sociology courses, and four of the six required upper-division sociology courses, be taken at Binghamton. In addition, some courses offered by other departments at Binghamton are "cross-listed" as sociology courses and are accepted toward the sociology major or minor. All courses required for the major must be passed with at least a C-.

Declare or Drop - Sociology Major

*Only one of the 10 sociology courses (but not to include SOC 100, 200 or 305) may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.


Minor Requirements

Six courses* (24 credits) are required: one Sociology Research Methods course (SOC 305); two additional sociology courses numbered 300 or above; and three other sociology courses. We require that three of the six required sociology courses, and two of the three required upper-division sociology courses, be taken at Binghamton. All courses required for the minor must be passed with at least a C-.

Declare or Drop - Sociology Minor

*Only one of the courses in the minor may be taken with a Pass/Fail grading option (excluding SOC 305).