Major or Minor in Sociology

Sociology Major Requirements

Fall 2021 Version (Current Version)

Declared after 9/1/2021

Major Requirement Checklist _ Fall 2021 Version

The major in sociology consists of eleven courses totaling 36 credits.

Of these eleven courses,  five are required courses and six are electives.  Prior to declaring the major in sociology, students must complete Introduction to Sociology (01:920:101) and one of the following courses: 01:920:311, 01:920:312, 01:920:313, 01:920:314, 01:920:316, 01:920:215.
Only courses with a C grade or higher may be counted toward the major. 

 Major Requirements: 11 Total Courses

5 Required Courses:

  • 01:920:101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • 01:920:215 Six Great Reads: Explorations in Sociology (3 credits)
  • 01:920:311 Introduction to Social Research (4 credits)
  • 01:920:312 Introduction to Statistics in Sociology (4 credits)
  • 01:920:316 Social Theory (4 credits)

6 Sociology Elective Courses:

  • 3 Courses - any level (each in a different thematic - see checklist)
  • 3 Courses - 300-level or higher (in any thematic)

  

Spring 2015 Version (Previous Version)

Only Available to Majors Prior to 9/1/2022

Major Requirements Checklist _ Spring 2015 Version

The major in sociology consists of eleven courses totaling 36 credits.

Of these eleven courses, four are required courses and seven are electives. Prior to declaring the major in sociology, students must complete Introduction to Sociology (01:920:101) and at least one of the 4 credit courses (01:920:311,312, 313 or 314).
Only courses with a C grade or higher may be counted toward the major.

Major Requirements: 11 Total Courses

4 Required Courses

  • 01:920:101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • and 3 of the following 4 credit courses
    • 01:920:311 Introduction to Social Research (4 credits)
    • 01:920:312 Introduction to Statistics in Sociology  (4 credits)
    • 01:920:313 Development of Sociological Theory (4 credits)
    • 01:920:314 Contemporary Sociological Theories (4 credits)

Please note: 920:313 and 920:314 will be combined into one course and will no longer be offered after the fall 2021 semester.  The new course will be 920:316 Social Theory and be available for enrollment in the Spring 2022 semester.

7 Sociology Elective courses:

  • 3 courses - any level
  • 1 course – 300-level or higher
  • 2 courses - numbered 315 or higher
  • 1 course – 400-level

No more than 6 credits of Independent Study (01:920:,493, 494, 495, 496) and no more than 3 credits of Citizenship and Service Education (01:920:399) may be applied toward the major.

  

Sociology Minor Requirements

Minor Requirements Checklist

The minor in sociology consists of at least six courses totaling 19 credits.

Of these six courses, two are core courses and four are electives. Only courses with a C grade or better may be counted toward the minor.

*NOTE: For Criminal Justice majors who minor in Sociology, the course Criminology (01:920:222) may not count toward the Sociology minor. (Spring 2014)

Minor Requirements: 6 Total Courses

2 Core courses

  • 01:920:101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • and 1 of the following 4 credit courses
    • 01:920:311 Introduction to Social Research (4)
    • 01:920:312 Computer Analysis of Social Science Data (4)
    • 01:920:316 Sociological Theory (4)

4 Sociology Elective courses

  • 1 course - any level
  • 1 course - 200-level or higher
  • 1 course - 300-level or higher
  • 1 course - numbered 315 or higher

No more than 3 credits of Citizenship and Service Education (CESEP) (01:920:399) may be applied toward the minor.

 

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Transfer Students

Sociology Majors:

  • At least six courses (21 credits) must be completed at Rutgers-New Brunswick. 
  • The required 400-level course must be completed in New Brunswick, and it is highly recommended that the required Research and Theory courses also be taken in New Brunswick.

Sociology Minors:

  • At least three courses (10 credits) must be completed at Rutgers-New Brunswick.

Course Prerequisites

Many courses have prerequisites. The fundamental prerequisite for all courses at the 300-level, numbered 311 or higher, is 01:920:101. That means that 01:920:101 is required for pursuing a major or minor in Sociology, or for pursuing the Criminology minor or the new Health and Society minor, However, any other 920 course at the 100 or 200 level may be used in lieu of Introduction to Sociology as a prerequisite for 920:303, 920:304, 920:306, and 920:307 only, provided the student has the permission of the instructor. The prerequisite for courses numbered between 315 and 399 is any one of 01:920:311, 312, 313, or 314. For courses numbered 400 or higher, the prerequisite is any two of 01:920:311, 312, 313, and 314.