College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sociology : Major

A degree in sociology offers a solid liberal arts preparation for positions in business, social services, and government. Alfred University's program prepares students for careers in social work, journalism, politics, public relations, business, public administration, or any field that involves investigative skills and working with diverse groups. Learn more about career opportunities for sociology majors.

Students learn to use the sociological method

  • To make systematic comparisons of data from various groups, societies, cultures, and institutions
  • To formulate generalizations about the nature and causes of human social behavior
  • To develop an understanding of interpersonal and intergroup relationships

Major requirements
Sociology majors must complete 16 credit hours in required courses including:

SOCI 110 Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
or ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology
SOCI/POLS 230 Introduction to Data Analysis and Statistics (4 credits)
SOCI 420 Social Theory (4 credits)
SOCI/POLS 431 Research Design and Strategies (4 credits)

Additionally, students must select 20 semester hours from the following:

SOCI 200 Special Topics
SOCI 235 Socialization
SOCI 236 Cults, Sects, and the Main Line
SOCI 242 Social Problems
SOCI 245 Crime and Society
SOCI/WMST 253 Social Welfare Institutions (Cross-listed as WMST 253)
SOCI 343 Race and Ethnicity
SOCI 344 Sociology of Deviance
SOCI/WMST 346 Sociology of Sex and Gender (Cross-listed as WMST 346)
SOCI/POLS 347 Contemporary America (Cross-listed as POLS 347)
SOCI/WMST 348 Sociology of Families (Cross-listed as WMST 348)
SOCI 349 Medical Sociology
SOCI 400 Special Topics
SOCI 450 Independent Study
SOCI 470 Application of Sociology Field Work
SOCI/GLBS 495 Global Issues Seminar (Cross-listed as GLBS 495)
ANTH 302 The Nacirema
ANTH 303 Health and Culture
ANTH 304 Language and Culture
ANTH 309 Magic and Religion: An Anthropological Perspective
ANTH 312 Violence and Culture


More Information

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Social Sciences overview
Sociology minor


Division Chairperson:
Dr. Karen Porter
Ph: 607.871.2215