In order to provide an enriched academic experience for highly motivated students, the Department of Sociology participates in the College’s Distinguished Majors Program (DMP). The DMP is an opportunity for students to work closely with individual faculty members on an original research project. The DMP provides students, who have an interest in graduate level work or in a particular area of research, with the chance to experience the actual research process in professional sociology. Sociology majors who have a strong academic record will be invited to pursue the DMP by a member of the department.
All Sociology majors considering the DMP should be highly motivated and have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher. This GPA should be maintained while a Distinguished Major (DM), but most importantly students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.4 at the time of graduation. A cumulative GPA of 3.399 or lower at the time of graduation will prevent a student from graduating with any distinction. Sociology majors interested in the DMP should sign up by the end of their second year but no later than the first semester of their third year.
All aspiring DMs are required to enroll in SOC 4980 for fall semester and SOC 4981 for spring semester of their fourth year. Through these courses students will research and write a thesis.
SOC 4980 is a 3-credit course taken for CR/NC. SOC 4981 is a graded 3-credit course taken in addition to the two 4000/5000-level courses required for the major and can be applied to the ANY LEVEL elective requirement.
Distinguished majors are urged to take at least one 5000-level sociology course. The following courses are recommended: SOC 5030-Classical Social Theory, SOC 5110-Survey Research Methods, SOC 5120-Intermediate Statistics, SOC 5140-Qualitative/Historical Methods. It is suggested that these courses be taken in the students 4th year.
Once you have met the prerequisites, read and understand all the requirements for the Distinguished Majors Program, and have decided that this program is something that will benefit you, you should come by the main office of Sociology (Randall 104) and see the Academic Administrative Assistant to apply.
All requirements are subject to revision.
Students will be apprised of any such changes in a timely manner.
See the Majors Handbook for complete program information.