COVID-19 Update

Rutgers University has moved teaching online for the remainder of the semester. For all those enrolled in classes, all instructors should have provided you with information on how to best contact them during this period. If you have more general departmental inquiries, please contact one of us using the email addresses below. Take care, all.

Department Chair: Julie Phillips, Email: soc-chair@sociology.rutgers.edu
Graduate Director: Steven Brechin, Email: gpd@sociology.rutgers.edu
Undergraduate Director: Sharon Bzostek, Email: ug-dir@sociology.rutgers.edu
Senior Department Administrator: Lisa Iorillo, Email: liorillo@sociology.rutgers.edu
Graduate Program Coordinator: Marie Ferguson, Email: meferguson@sociology.rutgers.edu
Undergraduate Administrative Assistant: Carissa Nadonley, Email: undergrad-soc@sociology.rutgers.edu

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., most queries will be answered within 24 hours.  Use this method for all routine advising situations such as prerequisite overrides, approval of transfer courses, and scheduling difficulties. For more complicated questions, consult our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.of Undergraduate Studies, or talk with one of your professors for a little guidance. 

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

A: You may find it helpful to use this  checklist as a worksheet and contact the department via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the e-mail please include your name, RUID 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.

What if I took a course at my previous institution that I feel could be counted towards my major?

A:  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.us you name, RUID,  the syllabus and grade you received in the course and we will evaluate the course.  All evaluations have a response time of 24-48 hours. 

How do I obtain a prerequisite override?

A:  Prerequisites must be approved by the instructor of the course.  Once you have the approval from the instructor, please forward to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send a request to the registrars office for them to manually add you into the class.