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Undergraduate Program Description

The undergraduate program in Sociology is designed to satisfy the intellectual, career, and civic interests of students who are concerned about what is happening in their society and in their daily personal interactions. The program prepares students for graduate study in sociology, social work, law, urban affairs, governmental administration, criminal justice, industrial organization, education, etc. The sociological perspective and the technical knowledge and skills developed in this program contribute to personal growth and are useful in a broad range of occupations.

Courses numbered SOCY1001 through SOCY1099 are part of the University Core. These courses address a wide range of important sociological themes ranging from the study of major social institutions, such as the family, religion, education, mass media, the workplace, and justice system, to the analysis of global social processes including culture, identity formation, war and peace, deviance and social control, aging, social movements, and inequalities in the areas of race, class, and gender.

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Information about Core Courses

Sociology courses numbered from SOCY1001 through SOCY1099 provide Social Science Core credit. Sociology Cultural Diversity courses numbered above SOCY1099 do not satisfy the Social Science Core requirement.

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Major Requirements

Sociology majors are required to take a minimum of 30 credits (generally ten courses) in Sociology. These courses must include the following:

  • Either SOCY1001 Introductory Sociology (preferably SOCY1001.01, the section designed for Sociology majors), or SOCY1002 Intro to Sociology for Healthcare Professionals.
  • Statistics (SOCY2200), Social Theory (SOCY2215), and Research Methods (SOCY2210) are also required.
  • Six electives, at least three of which must be upper level courses (SOCY3000 or higher).

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Minor Requirements

Sociology minors are required to take a minimum of 18 credits (generally six courses). These courses must include the following:

  • Either SOCY1001 Introductory Sociology (preferably SOCY1001.01, the section designed for Sociology majors), or SOCY1002 Intro to Sociology for Healthcare Professionals.
  • Statistics (SOCY2200), Social Theory (SOCY2215), and Research Methods (SOCY2210) are also required.
  • Two electives, at least one of which must be numbered SOCY3000 or above.

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Honors Program

Membership in undergraduate Honors Program in Sociology is by invitation and is designed to give eligible Sociology majors (3.50 GPA, 3.50 in Sociology) the experience of doing original sociological research that leads to a Senior Honors Thesis. The program includes a three-course Honors sequence that allows students to work closely with their faculty and other students in the Program. The sequence begins in the second term of the junior year when students read some of the most engaging classics of sociological research. In the first semester of the senior year, students design an original project and in the last semester of the senior year, they gather and analyze the data and write the thesis. For details, consult Professor Paul Gray.

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Information for Majors and Non-Majors

Sociology majors are required to take a minimum of 30 credits (generally ten courses, including the four required courses listed above).

For majors and non-majors, courses from SOCY1001 through SOCY1099 provide Social Science Core credit. Sociology Cultural Diversity courses numbered above SOCY1099 do not satisfy the Social Science Core requirement.

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Information for Study Abroad

Although the Sociology Department designates no particular prerequisites, it strongly recommends that students have completed at least five courses in Sociology, including all of the required courses (Statistics, Methods, and Theory), prior to going abroad.

Courses taken overseas in a department of Sociology or Anthropology of a BC-approved program will almost always be accepted for credit towards the Sociology major. The department recommends not more than two Sociology courses in any one semester or five Sociology courses in a full year. Courses taken in other departments will not be considered for Sociology credit unless a syllabus and reading list are submitted. All Sociology majors should consult with Professor Gustavo Morello, McGuinn 422, when planning their study abroad program. The Sociology Department does not accept overseas courses for Social Science Core credit.

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Internship

The department offers internship placements in court probation offices and other legal settings, and in settings designed for students who wish to acquire practical work experience in human services, political or social research, or social policy agencies. Most take positions in government or non-profit organizations, but some get placements in various business settings. Students typically take these courses in their junior or senior year as a way to find out more about what it is like to work in one of the many settings where Sociology majors may find employment after graduation. For details, consult Professor John B. Williamson.

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Five Year Master's Degrees with a Sociology Major

Majors in Sociology have the opportunity to earn two degrees over a period of five consecutive years. There are two separate programs:

B.A./M.A. Program

Application normally takes place early in the second semester of the junior year. The usual deadline each year is February 1. The applicant must submit the same admissions materials as are required of all graduate degree applicants. Apply online at www.bc.edu/schools/gsas/admissions.html.

Undergraduates must understand that admission is highly competitive. Normally, a student must have an overall GPA, after five semesters, of at least 3.50 with at least a 3.50 GPA in Sociology courses. For details, consult Professor Natasha Sarkisian.

B.A./M.S.W. Program

The choice of this program will provide the Sociology major with an undergraduate B.A. degree in Sociology and with the professional degree of Master of Social Work. The B.A. degree will be awarded with the student's undergraduate class. The Master's degree will be awarded one year later. The choice of this program should be made by Sociology majors in their sophomore year so that the required course sequence and degree requirements can be fulfilled. For details, consult Professor Sara Moorman.

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