Courses

Courses

The sociology major is designed to give students an opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the field of sociology, and also to enable them to design their coursework according to their personal academic and career interests. All majors take a set of six required core courses, one diversity course, plus three advanced sociology courses. Explore the links here for more details about courses.

B.S. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

All of the following courses:

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology | Learn about the nature of sociological inquiry, including concepts and principles of sociology; institutional features of modern society; and structure and dynamics of social organizations.

SOC 241 Social Psychology | Learn about relationship of individuals to their social environment, and social influences on personality, attitudes and behavior.

SOC 281 Methods of Social Research I | Learn about design and execution of research on social behavior and institutions, data collection, structure, and quality, descriptive analysis, and presentation of conclusions.

SOC 282 Methods of Social Research II | Learn about selected quantitative techniques of data analysis.

SOC 488 Sociological Theory (W) | Learn about development of sociological theory, problems of theory construction, and current theoretical perspectives.

SOC 499 Social Issues and Change in Contemporary Society (W) | Learn about selected major social problems in contemporary societies, sources and consequences of social change, and application of sociological theory to selected cases.

One of the following courses:

SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity | Learn about racial and ethnic problems in contemporary society; Prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and racial and ethnic identity and segregation in western and non-western societies.

SOC 216 Sex and Gender | Learn about social structural and social psychological perspectives on gender, and issues related to gender inequality in selected institutions such as economy, family, education, and politics.

SOC 330 Social Stratification | Learn about theories of structural social inequality, formation and change of social classes and class structures, socioeconomic classes in modern societies, consequences of social stratification, and current stratification trends.

One of the following courses in computer science:

CSE 101 Computing Concepts and Competencies | Core concepts in computing including information storage, retrieval, management, and representation. Applications from specific disciplines. Applying core concepts to design and implement solutions to various focal problems, using hardware, multimedia software, communication and networks.

CSE 131 Technical Computing and Problem Solving | Use of computing systems for technical problem solving in engineering and science.

CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I | Introduction to programming using Python. Design, implementation and testing of programs to solve problems such as those in engineering, mathematics and science. Programming fundamentals, functions, objects, and use of libraries of functions.

One of the following courses:

STT 200 Statistical Methods I | Data analysis, probability models, random variables, estimation, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, and simple linear regression.

STT 201 Statistical Methods II | Probability and statistics with computer applications. Data analysis, probability models, random variables, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, simple linear regression. Weekly lab using statistical software.

STT 421 Statistics I | Basic probability, random variables, and common distributions. Estimation and tests for one-, two-, and paired sample problems. Introduction to simple linear regression and correlation, one-way ANOVA.

STT 422 Statistics II | Goodness of fit and other non-parametric methods. Linear models including multiple regression and ANOVA for simple experimental designs.

Student must also take 11 or 12 credits in the following programs: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Science, Chemistry, Entomology, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Physics and Astronomy, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Statistics and Probability, and Zoology

B.A. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

All of the following courses:

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology | Learn about the nature of sociological inquiry, including concepts and principles of sociology; institutional features of modern society; and structure and dynamics of social organizations.

SOC 241 Social Psychology | Relationship of individuals to their social environment. Social influences on personality, attitudes and behavior.

SOC 281 Methods of Social Research I | Design and execution of research on social behavior and institutions. Data collection, structure, and quality. Descriptive analysis. Presentation of conclusions.

SOC 282 Methods of Social Research II | Selected quantitative techniques of data analysis.

SOC 488 Sociological Theory (W) | Development of sociological theory. Problems of theory construction. Current theoretical perspectives.

SOC 499 Social Issues and Change in Contemporary Society (W) | Selected major social problems in contemporary societies. Sources and consequences of social change. Application of sociological theory to selected cases.

One of the following courses:

SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity | Learn about racial and ethnic problems in contemporary society, and prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and racial and ethnic identity and segregation in western and non-western societies.

SOC 216 Sex and Gender | Learn about social, structural, and social psychological perspectives on gender, and issues related to gender inequality in selected institutions such as the economy, family, education, and politics.

SOC 330 Social Stratification | Theories of structural social inequality. Formation and change of social classes and class structures. Socioeconomic classes in modern societies. Consequences of social stratification. Current stratification trends.

Student must also complete a minimum of three additional Sociology courses at the 300 level or higher. One of which must be at the 400-level.

SOCIOLOGY MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Both of the following courses:

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology | Learn about the nature of sociological inquiry, including concepts and principles of sociology; institutional features of modern society; and structure and dynamics of social organizations.

SOC 131 Social Problems | Learn about the role of social movements, the legal system, public policy and opinion in the resolution of poverty, crime, racism, sexism, and ecological problems.

One of the following courses:

SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity | Racial and ethnic problems in contemporary society. Prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and racial and ethnic identity and segregation in western and non-western societies.

SOC 216 Sex and Gender | Social structural and social psychological perspectives on gender. Issues related to gender inequality in selected institutions such as economy, family, education, and politics.

Student must also complete three elective courses in Sociology at the 300-400 level. One of which must be in the 400-level.

Study Abroad


study abroad image.jpgThe College of Social Science has a long-standing commitment to international study and offers a wide range of opportunities to participate in a study abroad experience. Globalization of economies, political structures, and communication has made it critical for students to understand the complex problems that confront contemporary societies. Study abroad programs offered by the college emphasize analysis of issues relating to political and economic systems in diverse cultures, global conflict and cooperation, adaptation to change, and the nature of differences in cultures and societies.

Students participating in international study gain concrete skills in intercultural communication, nation-specific knowledge, and an awareness of both self and others in the global context of the 21st century world.

The College’s Study Abroad Director can help you find a program that fits your interests and academic needs. College-sponsored study abroad programs are available that meet university, college, major, specialization, language, and/or cognate requirements.

For more information, please contact Oumatie Marajh, Study Abroad Director at marajhou@msu.edu, or visit 224 Berkey Hall. You can also learn more at the Study Abroad website.

The Sociology department offers "Contemporary Culture, Politics, and Society" in Greece!  This year's session runs from May 13th - June 20th, 2018 and offers a variety of courses.  The deadline is March 1st, 2018 but spots fill up fast so it is strongly encouraged to sign up earlier. 

Check out two of our flyers below for more information:

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Study Away


The college sponsors three domestic, off-campus programs that provide students with opportunities to combine classroom education and field experience.

For more information on how to study away in Washington, D.C., Hawaii, and New Orleans, please visit the Study Away Programs office in 224 Berkey Hall, or learn more at the Study Away website.