Students seeking to transfer to any LAS major, including Sociology, must to have completed at least one course in said major (here, off-campus, or via test-based credit). Students who have completed an actual course or courses off-campus or here must also have an institutional and/or combined major GPA of 2.00 or higher.
Thus, in order to declare Sociology as a major, you must have taken at least one sociology course here at UIUC, at another institution, or have received test-based credit recognized by UIUC AND your GPA for those courses must be a 2.00 or higher.
Students must also fulfill the College of LAS requirements for general education categories, language, residency, advanced hours, and a minimum of 120 hours to qualify for graduation. If you are considering declaring a major in Sociology please read over all the information in this section PRIOR to scheduling an appointment with a Sociology Advisor.
- Sociology majors must complete 32 (overall) hours of Sociology.
- There are 5 Core courses: SOC 100, 200, 280 (or approved substitute), SOC 380 and the Capstone.
- Of the 32 hours, students must complete 12 hours of advanced courses (300 or 400 level courses).
- Students must earn a total of 32 hours of credit in sociology. In order for transfer credit to count, it must be accepted by LAS as Sociology coursework. If students take courses in other departments, they will not count as sociology hours unless they are cross listed courses.
- Students must also meet an Approved Supporting Course Work Requirement.
- In order to graduate, your GPA (including transfer work) in the major must be a 2.0 or above, and your overall GPA must be 2.0 or above.
- College of LAS graduation requirements: https://las.illinois.edu/academics/requirements
- College of LAS Academic Information and Advising: https://las.illinois.edu/academics/advising/college
Introductory Sociology Course (3-4 hrs) *
|SOC 100||Introduction to Sociology||An overview of the topics of sociology and of various sociological perspectives, and of how scholars in the discipline study social phenomena. This course is a prerequisite for most two-hundred level courses.||4 hrs|
Introductory Statistics Course (3-4 hrs) **
|SOC 280||Introduction to Social Statistics||An introduction to the statistical measures and techniques used in the social sciences. First course in social statistics for students without mathematics beyond the high school level; topics include the role of statistics in social science inquiry, measures of central tendency and dispersion, simple correlation techniques, contingency analysis, and introduction to statistical inference; includes the statistical analysis of social science data using personal computers. (Prerequisite for SOC 380)||4 hrs|
Introduction to Sociological Theory (3 hrs)
|SOC 200||Introduction to Sociological Theory||This course is an introduction to the foundations of sociological theory. Topics may include the problem of social order and the nature of social conflict; capitalism and bureaucracy; the relationship between social structure and politics; and the evolution of modern societies. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.||3 hrs|
Social Science Research Methods (4 hrs)
|SOC 380||Social Science Research Methods||Introduction to the foundations of social research and to the major types of research methods employed in sociology. Provides exposure to the major tools and terminology of social research, including the use of computers in sociology. Topics include: research design, finding and using sociology literature, measurement, sampling, survey research, field methods, use of available data, quantitative data analysis and presentation, and computer resources for research.||3 hrs|
Capstone Experience (3 hrs) Choose one from the list below
Each of these courses provides students with a comprehensive experience that helps prepare students for graduation and beyond. See the Understanding Capstone Options video below for more information.
Selected internship opportunities in which student and faculty member develop a program of study and research related to internship. Consult departmental undergraduate advisor. 0 to 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing; and SOC 100 or SOC 101 or SOC 163; and six additional hours in Sociology or acceptance of faculty member and Director of Undergraduate Studies. CLICK HERE FOR GUIDELINES FOR SOC 400 INTERNSHIPS CLICK HERE FOR INTERNSHIP APPROVAL APPLICATION. Applications should be submitted to the Undergraduate Academic Advisor at email@example.com. Approved internships required an INTERNSHIP LEARNING CONTRACT (CLICK HERE)
|SOC 450||Senior Capstone Seminar||Over the course of the semester, students will conceive and execute an original sociological research project, using their knowledge of the sociological literature developed in substantive courses and their skills in data collection and analysis developed in methods courses. In parallel, students will explore professional opportunities in sociology and engage in professional development activities, including exploring opportunities for graduate education and learning skills in job search, and resume, c.v., personal statement and cover letter development.||3 hrs|
|SOC 495||Senior Honors Seminar||
Intensive scrutiny of current literature on one selected topic. Critical reading and discussion followed by writing essays and research proposals. Subject will shift yearly. There may be community work as an aspect of this course; consult the Class Schedule for details. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: For sociology majors only. Student must have at least 3.5 grade-point average in sociology courses and consent of instructor.
Wonder what SOC 495 is like?
Junior, Dale Robbennolt, completing a dual degree in Civil Engineering and Sociology, completed a personal research project in SOC 495 Senior Honors Seminar: Faculty Perceptions of Gender in Engineering Education and Group Work. Watch the presentation of his work at the UIUC Undergraduate Research Symposium Spring 2021 here.
Advanced Level Sociology Courses (12 hrs)
You are required to take 12 hours of advanced hours in Sociology. Select 300- or 400- level Sociology courses. Advanced course work from the required courses listed above count towards this total.
Additional Sociology Courses (hours vary to meet the 32 hours overall Sociology minimum)
Students must earn a total of 32 hours of credit in sociology. In order for transfer credit to count, it must be accepted by LAS as Sociology coursework. If students take courses in other departments, they will not count as sociology hours unless they are cross listed courses. For example if a student takes an alternate statistics course, such as STAT 100, they will have fulfilled the course requirement, but will not earn sociology hours. Similarly, PSYCH 201 (Social Psychology) is NOT cross-listed with Sociology so students will not receive sociology hours for the course, just standard LAS elective credit.
Minimum 2.0 GPA in Major and Overall
In order to graduate, your GPA (including transfer work) in the major must be a 2.0 or above, and your overall GPA must be 2.0 or above.
|*||If using transfer credit for Introductory Sociology, some schools grant only 3 credits for SOC 100.|
|**||Other courses that meet this requirement: STAT 100, PSYCH 235, ECON 202, MATH 161. Also Parkland College's MATH 108 and MATH 160. Note that these courses meet the statistics requirement but do not count toward sociology hours.|
|***||The following courses cannot be used for supporting coursework:
Supporting Coursework ***
Every Sociology major must complete 12 hours of supporting coursework. Supporting coursework consists of a set of courses which are logically grouped, and which reflect, or support a student's interests outside of the Sociology Department. Students should begin planning and completing their supporting coursework no later than their sophomore year.
Please watch the following video for more information about Supporting Coursework:
Other Student Responsibilities
Major Plan of Study
All students in LAS are required to complete a major plan of study before graduation. This is a form that lays out the courses that you will complete for graduation in Sociology. Completing this form takes about 20 minutes, and should be done by the second semester of your junior year. You will not be allowed to graduate without having completed this form. If you need to complete the form, make an appointment with the Sociology advisor.
Meeting Graduation Requirements
As a Sociology major, you are responsible for reading and understanding all graduation requirements at the departmental, college and university levels and making sure that they are met. Advisors can assist you, and there are some notification systems in place if you are not making satisfactory progress, but ultimately whether you graduate on time is up to you. There are several key documents which you should read carefully. The following lists these documents and where you can get them if you don't already have them:
- FOR UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
- UIUC Programs of Study
- Available at Illini Union Bookstore
- LAS COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
- LAS Student Handbook
- Available at LAS student offices (2002 Lincoln Hall)
- SOCIOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
- Undergraduate Sociology Handbook
- Available at 3070 Lincoln Hall.
LAS additional requirements:
- Meet all General Education requirements
- Complete at least 21 Advanced Hours of course work within LAS
- Complete at least 120 credit hours in total (at least 60 hrs taken at UIUC)
For students wishing to complete a major in Sociology and a minor in Criminology, Law, & Society they may do so in a reduced number of hours than typically required for a major and minor. See the Sociology Major + Criminology, Law, & Society Minor Worksheet for course breakdown.
Please view this Power Point to understand the combination: Sociology Major + Criminology, Law & Society Minor Combination.