Major & Minor Requirements

The Department of Sociology offers a major and minor, as well as a range of courses that count towards the Social Science Core Requirement. Sociology courses address a wide array of important topics including the study of major social institutions, such as the family, religion, education, mass media, the workplace, and the justice system; the analysis of global social processes including culture, identity formation, war and peace, deviance and social control, aging, and social movements; and the investigation of inequalities, for example in the areas of race, class, and gender.

Major Requirements

The Sociology major is comprised of 30 SOCY credits, including the following:

  • Introductory Sociology (SOCY1001) or Introductory Sociology for Health Care Professionals (SOCY1002).
    • Each semester, SOCY1001.01 is reserved for majors and minors. Majors and minors are not required to take that section, but they may find it enriching to take the introductory course with other students who will go on to further study in Sociology.
    • Students may not receive credit for both SOCY1001 and SOCY1002.
  • Statistics (SOCY2200)
  • Research Methods (SOCY2210)
  • Social Theory (SOCY2215)
  • Nine credits of electives numbered SOCY1003 and above
  • Nine credits of electives numbered SOCY3000 and above

Minor Requirements

The Sociology minor is comprised of 18 SOCY credits, including the following:

  • Introductory Sociology (SOCY1001) or Introductory Sociology for Health Care Professionals (SOCY1002).
    • Each semester, SOCY1001.01 is reserved for majors and minors. Majors and minors are not required to take that section, but they may find it enriching to take the introductory course with other students who will go on to further study in Sociology.
    • Students may not receive credit for both SOCY1001 and SOCY1002.
  • Statistics (SOCY2200)
  • Research Methods (SOCY2210)
  • Social Theory (SOCY2215)
  • Three credits of electives numbered SOCY1003 and above
  • Three credits of electives numbered SOCY3000 and above

Frequently Asked Sociology Questions

Listed below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about undergraduate study in Sociology at Boston College.

The Student Services FAQ website answers more general questions such as:

  • How to register
  • How to use a degree audit and graduation requirements
  • How to overload (six courses in one semester)