Concentration Requirements

The A.B. degree in Sociology requires satisfactory completion of 12 half-courses.
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Five Concentrations Requirements*

  1. Introductory Series (one of Sociology 1000-1089). Lecture. (Offered fall and spring terms) Usually taken freshmen or sophomore year.
  2. Tutorial in Social Theory (Sociology 97). Seminar. (Offered fall and spring terms) An intensive introduction to classical and contemporary Sociological theory. Ordinarily taken sophomore year.
  3. Models of Social Science Research (Sociology 1128, formerly Soc 128). Lecture. (Offered spring term only) A lecture/discussion course on the logic and reasoning of sociological thinking. Ordinarily taken spring of sophomore year.
  4. Quantitative Methods (Sociology 1156, formerly Soc 156) or Stat 100/102/104). Sociology1156 will be offered AY 2022-23.
  5. Junior Tutorial (Sociology 98). Seminar. (Offered fall and spring terms) Small research seminars offered by members of the department. Topics vary from year to year; efforts are made to place students in the tutorial of their choice (all tutorials are assigned via lottery). Ordinarily taken junior year, fall or spring term.

*must be taken for letter grade

Five Sociology Electives

Students can choose from a wide array of topics and courses to fulfill their elective requirements. Some students choose to focus their course work around a particular area of study. If choosing to write a thesis. **Sociology 99A and 99B count as two of the five electives.


Two Courses In a Related Field Or In Sociology

Courses count for related field if they have a course number in these departments: African and African American Studies; Anthropology; East Asian Studies; Economics; Government; History; History of Science; Psychology; Social Studies; Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. New for fall 2021, courses with a GHHP and EMR prefix will count for related field credit. Courses offered through these secondary fields that do not have the GHHP or EMR prefix will NOT count for related field credit. There will be no exceptions. We will accept up to two related field courses for concentration credit.  Sociology courses can also be used for related field. Courses that are cross-listed with Sociology may count for Sociology elective credit or related field credit. You may double count one course for both primary and secondary field credit.

Students must receive passing grades for concentration credit. Students wishing to graduate with Honors in Sociology must, in addition, write a thesis (see Senior Thesis and Honors Requirements and Grades below).


Students may take up to two of the Sociology Electives or Related Field Courses Pass/Fail or Sat/Unsat. This includes concentration credit issued for study abroad. Sociology 99A/B are not included.