Sociology Major

The sociology department offers a major in sociologyand a major in Sociology with a concentration in Anthropology.

Major in Sociology (40 credits)

Required Courses:
111, 205, 304, 396 and 24 additional credits in sociology.

Major in Sociology with concentration in Anthropology (48 credits)

Required Courses:
SOCI 111, 121, 205, 304, 322, 326, 396, two anthropology electives-one regional anthropology course and one topical anthropology course, and 12 elective credits in sociology.

Required Courses for Major in Sociology (40 credits):

SOCI-111   Introduction to Sociology (SS)

Enter the fascinating world of Sociology.  This course provides a great introduction to the many intriguing subjects that sociologists study.  We look at a whole range of topics-from what the self is, how it develops, how the process of socialization works... to the major institutions in society like education, the political system, and the economy... to the major forms of inequality affecting our lives in this society-race/ethnicity, gender, and class.  You will come to understand the science by which sociologists gather and analyze data, how they know what they know.  In the process, you will begin developing your own sociological imagination.  You'll be surprised how much you've always taken for granted about society...  In better understanding how our world works, you'll be better able to take an active role in your own life.  Come join us in the quest!

SOCI 205  Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Social Science

This course will use a "hands on" approach by students to grapple with the quantitative analyses of data in the social sciences.  Students will learn about the operationalization, computation, and transformation of variables. Students will create and test  hypotheses using SPSS. They will also write up their results using a journal article format and give presentations of their results.

SOCI-304  Sociological Theory                                                                                                                                                   

This course focuses on the central ideas and assumptions of the founders of modern Sociology: Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Simmel, and Mead.  We will read these influential theorists’ original work, discuss the epistemological significance of sociological theory, survey recent schools of thought and intellectual trajectories within the discipline, and apply sociological theory to contemporary issues.

SOCI- 396  Sociology Capstone: Sociology in the Workplace (EL)

This course is designed for Sociology majors who are finishing their coursework and are preparing for graduate studies or the world of work, whether in paid or volunteer positions. It provides an integrative academic experience which engages majors in key debates and issues of concern to sociologists. In addition, the capstone is designed to prepare students for the transition to graduate school and/or to a career by exploring the applicability of sociology in the workplace. Students will reflect on and clearly articulate what sociology is, what it means to think and work like a sociologist, and what unique talents and abilities they bring to organizations, to their careers, and to life because of their education in sociology. Through books, discussions, papers, and explorations of a workplace or career of the student's choice, we will review key elements of the discipline of sociology, applying and integrating what students have learned in the major.

Also 24 additional credits in sociology.

Additional Required Courses for Major in Sociology with Anthropology (48 credits):  

All of the above courses plus

SOCI 121 Introduction to Anthropology 
This course will provide an introduction to the field of anthropology. Anthropology is a holistic and comparative study of human diversity. Students will examine cross-cultural examples to shed light on all the aspects of human life and culture from language and religion, to technology and medicine, to the study of our human and non-human ancestors.

SOCI 322 Transnational Anthropology 
Cultures and cultural groups have never been bounded to a single location – people have always been in movement, learning from people outside their cultural groups, and hybridizing ideas and ways of life. This course uses cultural anthropology theory and method to study transnational cultural groups that are present in contemporary Minnesota. In particular, we will study ethnographic manuscripts about Hmong, Somali, and Mexican people and topics including ethnicity, migration, refugeeism, tourism, nomadism, political economy, and medical anthropology. Students will be conducting original ethnographic research in a semester-long project that analyzes a particular transnational cultural case study.

SOCI 326 Cultural Thought and Meaning 
How have engagements with cultural “others” helped create knowledge, expand our understanding of ourselves and the world, and inspired us to think about humanity? In this class, we will learn about some of the key theoretical paradigms in cultural anthropology, from its earliest inception through contemporary, experimental anthropological thought. As anthropological theory must be deployed in ethnographic practice to have any effect, theoretical material in this class will be paired with ethnographies, articles, manuscripts, and films-which exemplify, challenge and build upon abstract concepts. Prerequisite: SOCI 121.