Major in Sociology

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Sociology is the study of social behavior and the socio-cultural settings in which it occurs. It involves the study of whole societies and their basic institutions as well as smaller scale groups such as the family, peer group and neighborhood. 

Sociology has long been a popular major for students planning futures and further training in such professions as social work, law, politics, education, public administration, public health and health care, and urban planning. A major in this department provides a foundation for social action as well as for graduate work in a variety of disciplines including policy studies, sociology, anthropology and women's studies.

To successfully complete the program for graduation, all students must:

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 GPA in the major; beginning in Fall 2009, students entering the major (starting with the class of 2013) must maintain a 2.75 GPA in the major
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 overall GPA
  • Meet the Sociology major requirements
  • Complete 30 credits at the 300/400 level (this includes courses in major, excluding Experiential Learning; must be UMass Dartmouth courses or study abroad upper-level credits)
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits with at least 45 at UMass Dartmouth
  • Complete the University Studies requirements
  • Complete the distribution requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences

As of Fall 2007, courses counting for the major must be completed with a C- or higher.

Students entering the major after 9/01/09 must maintain a 2.75 GPA in the major; students who entered the major before 9/01/09 must maintain a 2.50 GPA.


Program options

Full time undergraduate—for traditional, undergraduate degree seekers.

Degree completion—for adult learners with some college credits. Request more information about our degree completion program.



Three (3) credits required. Any one of these:

  • SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
  • ANT 111 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 
  • SOC 113 - Introduction to Social and Cultural Behavior
  • ANT 113 - Introduction to Social and Cultural Behavior


Three (3) credits required. To be taken sophomore or junior year. Any one of these:

  • SOC 200 - Introduction to Sociological Thought
  • SOC 354 - Sociological Theory
  • ANT 354 - Anthropological Theory 3 credits


Three (3) credits required. To be taken junior year. Any one of these:

  • SOC 316 - Research Methods
  • ANT 316 - Research Methods

Sociology Electives

Twenty-one (21) credits required of which fifteen (15) credits must be at the 300 - 400 level. Includes only courses with SOC or ANT prefixes. CJS courses may be elected only with permission of the Department Chair.


Three (3) credits required. Any one of these:


  • SOC 450 - Internship
  • SOC 407 - Field Inquiry I


Senior Seminar*

Three (3) credits required.

  • SOC 420 - Senior Seminar 3 credits

Thesis Research

Thesis Research (SOC 492 and SOC 493), a 2-semester, six (6) credit sequence taken in the senior year

* Thesis Research may be substituted for the Internship and Senior Seminar requirements.

Total Credits: 36

Old requirements

Students who registered for the sociology major before 9/1/07, transfer students who entered in 07/08, and transfer students who entered in 08/09 with more than 30 credits are expected to meet the "Old Major Requirements."


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