About the Sociology Major and Minor

SOCIOLOGY MAJOR (BA)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND WORKSHEET

Requirements for Students Declaring the Sociology Major

SOCIOLOGY (BA) WORKSHEET   [PDF]

The Sociology Worksheet is an aid to complete the major declaration form and keep track of completing the requirements of the major.


PREREQUISITES TO DECLARE THE MAJOR

Before declaring a major in Sociology students must complete SOC 1010-Introductory Sociology and one other sociology course for a total of 6-credit hours. 

All courses must be taken for graded credit (except during Covid) and must completed with at least a "C" or better.

Four core courses are required of all Sociology majors as part of the thirty credit program and should be completed within two semesters:

  • SOC 1010-Introductory Sociology
  • SOC 3020-Introduction to Social Theory
  • SOC 3120-Sociology Research Workshop
  • SOC 3130-Introduction to Social Statistics
    • SOC 3130 should be taken after SOC 3120, Sociology Research Workshop.

Students should complete twelve credits (four courses) at the 3000 level or above, including 6 credits (two courses) at the 4000 or 5000 level. (These 3000-level courses do not include SOC 3020, SOC 3120 and SOC 3130).

The remaining minimum four credits (normally 2 courses) can be taken at any level.

Prospective majors will be assigned to an advisor once your form has been submitted through DocuSign to the Academic Administrative Assistant. You should contact your major advisor to set up an appointment for form approval.

Notes:

  • Only three credits of SOC 4970-Special Studies in Sociology may be included in the thirty-hour major requirements. 
  • The three credits of DM Seminar SOC 4981 may be applied to the any level elective requirement, and cannot count toward the 4000/5000 level requirement.
  • Prospective majors are also urged to take SOC 3020-Introduction to Social Theory and/or SOC 3120-Sociology Research Workshop before declaring.

The Sociology Majors Handbook and course listings for the next semester are available on the Sociology Department website.


SOCIOLOGY MINOR

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for Students Declaring the Sociology Minor

Sociology Minors are required to complete 18-hours (generally 6 classes) in the program.  No more than 3-hours of SOC 4970-Special Studies in Sociology may be included in the 18-hour requirement for the sociology minor.  As part of the 18 hours for the minor, students must complete the following:

  • SOC 1010-Introductory Sociology (3-hour course)
    NOTE: If you have already received transfer credit for SOC 1010 from another institution by the time you declare a minor, you may be exempt from taking this course in the department; however, in this case you must take a 3-credit Sociology course at any level to make up the required number of credit hours.
  • Minors should also complete 6-hours (normally 2 courses) at the 4000 or 5000 level.  The remaining 9-hours (normally 3 courses) can be taken at any level.

All courses must be taken for graded credit (except during Covid) and must completed with at least a "C" or better.

Prospective minors will be assigned to a member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee once your form has been submitted through DocuSign to the Academic Administrative Assistant. You should contact your minor advisor to set up an appointment for form approval.

The Sociology Majors Handbook and course listings for the next semester are available on the Sociology Department website.


Additional Program Information

Second Writing Requirement

Many 4000-level courses and some 3000-level courses can be used to meet the College of Arts & Science's Second Writing Requirement (SWR). Sociology courses meeting this requirement are usually marked as meeting the SWR on the Schedule of Classes and on the departmental course listing. If courses are not marked students should consult the instructor to see if a particular course meets the SWR.

Graduate-Level Courses

Although Sociology courses at the 5000-level are designed for graduate students, some of these courses may be of interest to advanced undergraduate students in their fourth year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4. In special cases, and with the consent of the instructor, students can petition the Undergraduate Studies Committee for an exception to this rule. Undergraduate students are encouraged to consult with the instructor if they think a 5000-level course might fit their interests and program of study. Experience indicates that able undergraduate students generally perform well in 5000-level courses. Undergraduate students should not normally take a 5000-level course until they have completed at least 18 hours of course work and most of the core courses. Undergraduate enrollment in a 5000-level course is at the discretion of the instructor. Requirements and grading procedures in the 5000-level courses may differ for undergraduate students.

Special Studies in Sociology

Students with a strong academic record may wish to supplement their class work in Sociology with SOC 4970-Special Studies in Sociology. Enrollment in SOC 4970 requires prior approval of a faculty member, 4th year status, and a GPA of 3.2 or better in the major (non-majors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better). This course is recommended for students with specific interests which they would like to pursue individually under the direction of a faculty member. Students must complete the Individual Study Approval Form with a statement of purpose to be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Once approved, the student may register for SOC 4970 using the instructor permission list in SIS.

Distinguished Majors Program

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, and to work closely with individual faculty members on an original research project. Sociology majors who have a strong academic record will be invited to pursue the DMP by the department. All Sociology majors considering the DMP should be highly motivated and have a cumulative and SOC GPA of 3.4 or higher. Click here for more info on the DMP. 

J-Term Courses

In general, J-Term courses do not count toward the major or minor in Sociology.  However, due to the need for flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, J-Term courses taken in January 2021 may be counted toward the major or minor.

Transfer Information

All requests for transfer credit must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. In order to count towards the Sociology major all transferred courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Please note that the courses which are considered for transfer cannot be substituted for SOC 3020, 3120, or 4000 level courses.

Up to 6 credits of courses towards the major may be taken outside the Sociology Department.  These credits may include courses from related fields at UVa and courses from another institution or a study abroad program.  Students planning to study abroad must get written pre-approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in advance of their travel.  

Transferred credits for SOC 1010 exempt a student from taking this course in the department; however, in this case the student must take another 3-credit Sociology course at any level to make up the required number of credit hours.  Note for incoming Transfer students: In order to declare the Sociology major, six pre-requisite credits must be taken at UVA. 


READY TO DECARE THE SOCIOLOGY MAJOR OR MINOR?

THIS PROCESS WILL BE CONDUCTED ELECTRONICALLY VIA DOCUSIGN. Link to begin the Docusign Form is here

HOW TO DECLARE AND DEFER THE SOCIOLOGY MAJOR THROUGH DOCUSIGN

THE MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY

1. Make sure that you have completed the prerequisites for the sociology major -  SOC 1010-Introductory Sociology and one other Sociology course – with at least a “C” or better in each course.  

2. Begin the Docusign Form process.  Link to the forms page can be found here.

3. In the "Powerform Signer Information" section you will enter your name and email, and then you will enter the Declaration of Major Contact for Sociology:

    - Name:  Joyce Holleran

    - Email:  jeh6se@virginia.edu

4.  Once you have entered the name and email for yourself and the Declaration of Major Contact, click "Begin Signing" at the bottom of the PowerForm.  This will lead you to the actual Major/Minor form.  You will complete the required fields on the docusign form.

5.  Docusign Intended Major: list "SOCIOLOGY MAJOR"

6.  Complete any other required Docusign Fields, and then add the 2 required attachements:

  • Sociology Worksheet (pdf)  
  • Academic Requirements Report (or a Course History) from SI​S (pdf)

7.  Then click the "Finish" button.  The forms will be routed to the Academic Administrative Assistant for Sociology for review.  You will be contacted via email if anything else is needed or if your form is not complete or incorrect.

Prospective majors will be assigned to an advisor once your form has been submitted through DocuSign to the Academic Administrative Assistant. You should contact your major advisor to set up an appointment for form approval.  Once approved it is routed to the registrar.

The Declaration Form is not a binding contract: you do have a certain flexibility in your choice of courses as long as you follow the general structure for the major as outlined in this form.

Note on Major Advising

The first meeting with your Sociology advisor where you declare your major marks the beginning of a long-term relationship that can be extremely important and valuable to you. You are expected to meet with you advisor at least once during the semester to discuss your choice of courses or any other question or problem concerning the major. You are the one who should take the initiative in arranging these meetings. The best time for meeting with your advisor is during his or her office hours; it is important to respect your advisor’s research and teaching commitments.

* Faculty are not obligated to meet with students during the summer months; if prospective majors cannot declare the major by the end of Spring semester, they may need to wait until the start of Fall semester to meet with a faculty advisor to declare the major.

HOW TO DECLARE THE SOCIOLOGY MINOR THROUGH DOCUSIGN

THE MINOR IN SOCIOLOGY

1. Make sure that you have completed 2 courses for the sociology minor with at least a “C” or better in each course.  

2. Begin the Docusign Form process.  Link to the forms page can be found here.

3. In the "Powerform Signer Information" section you will enter your name and email, and then you will enter the Declaration of Minor Contact for Sociology:

    - Name:  Joyce Holleran

    - Email:  jeh6se@virginia.edu

4.  Once you have entered the name and email for yourself and the Declaration of Minor Contact, click "Begin Signing" at the bottom of the PowerForm.  This will lead you to the actual Major/Minor form.  You will complete the required fields on the docusign form.

5.  Docusign Intended Minor: list "SOCIOLOGY MINOR" and check box.

6.  Complete any other required Docusign Fields, and then add the 2 required attachements:

  • Academic Requirements Report (or a Course History) from SI​S (pdf)

7.  Then click the "Finish" button.  The forms will be routed to the Academic Administrative Assistant for Sociology for review.  You will be contacted via email if anything else is needed or if your form is not complete or incorrect.

Prospective minors will be assigned to a member of the Undergraduate Studies Committee once your form has been submitted through DocuSign to the Academic Administrative Assistant. You should contact your minor advisor to set up an appointment for form approval.  Once approved it is routed to the registrar.

* Faculty are not obligated to meet with students during the summer months; if prospective minors cannot declare the minor by the end of Spring semester, they may need to wait until the start of Fall semester to meet with a faculty advisor to declare the minor.

 

Have Questions?

Contact the Academic Administrative Assistant to answer your questions.


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