Majors

What are the requirements for a major in Sociology?

A: The Sociology major consists of 11 courses totaling 36 credits.  Only courses in which you earn a 'C' or better count toward the major.  Four of those courses are required: Introduction to Sociology (920:101) and any three of Introduction to Social Research, (920:311), Computer Analysis of Social Science Data (920:312), Development of Sociological Theory (920:313) and Contemporary Sociological Theory (920:314).

That leaves you seven elective courses.  One of these electives must be a 400-level course.  Three more of these elective courses must be at the 300- or 400-level.  The remaining three electives can be at any level.  As you plan your elective courses remember that 300 and 400 level Sociology courses have prerequisites that must be completed before you can enroll in those courses.

What courses do I need to declare a major in Sociology?

A: You can declare a major with a C or better in just Introduction to Sociology (920:101) and one of the required courses of Introduction to Social Research (920:311), Computer Analysis of Social Science Data (920:312), Development of Sociological Theory (920:313) or Contemporary Sociological Theories (920:314).

How do I find an advisor?

A: Questions about the major can be answered via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., most queries will be answered within 24 hours.  For all routine advising situations such as prerequisite overrides, approval of transfer courses, scheduling difficulties

How do I find out what courses I need to complete my major?

A: You may find it helpful to use this Form (PDF) as a worksheet and contact the department via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the e-mail include your name, student number and year of graduation.

Can I transfer in any courses from other institutions toward the Sociology major?

A: Yes, but no more than five.  At least six of the courses counting toward the major must be taken at Rutgers-New Brunswick.  The required 400-level course must be taken at Rutgers-New Brunswick and it is highly recommended that the required Research and Theory courses also be taken in New Brunswick.