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Carolyn Ly


First, I would say to check the requirements at your college for a sociology major. Some schools require that you complete a number of introductory courses in Sociology while earning a certain GPA before you can declare a major. Usually this would entail enrolling in Introduction to Sociology and one other "lower level" (200) elective course such as Sociology of the Family. Social Theory, Statistics, and Research Methods are usually requirements and geared for Sociology majors - I would suggest waiting to take these courses until you have taken at least Introduction to Sociology. However, it is important to keep in mind for scheduling purposes, that some departments require two theory courses which often are taken sequentially (classic social theory, then contemporary theory) and similarly some schools suggest taking methods first and then statistics.

If you decide to major in Sociology, once you complete the basic requirements you may want to consider taking a variety of electives to see where your interests lie if you are considering a graduate degree (Ph.D) in sociology. If you are planning to major in Sociology with a specific career in mind (for example, corrections officer, consumer researcher or social work) then you would want to cluster your electives as much as possible around courses that would be helpful for that career. For example, if you were thinking of work as a corrections officer you would want to look into crime and deviance and criminology courses etc., if you were considering consumer research, then sociology of media and additional research method courses such as focus group research or ethnography, if you were considering social work, then courses such as sociology of the family, social policy and institutions would be relevant.

Finally, take advantage of the department's advisement hours. Build relationships with the advisers and any faculty that might be willing to give you advice. They will know best in terms of the courses and tracks available within your own department, Furthermore, by fostering these relationships, they will be invested in your development and may also help connect you to opportunities such as internships, research assistant positions, or provide recommendation letters. Good luck!

Answered 8 years ago

Carolyn Ly