Sociology Major Requirements

Required Sociology Courses

(10 courses)

Students majoring in sociology may complete a traditional academic liberal arts sociology major or, along with their sociology core, take a concentration in human services. The traditional liberal arts sociology major focuses on substantive social issues, theory and research. The human services concentration exists to prepare students for entry-level positions in the fields of social work/human services and for graduate studies in the field of social work or counseling. Students are advised that graduate education is often necessary to advance into these fields. Three of the courses and an internship/practicum are offered and are necessary for a student who desires to apply to the state of Wisconsin for a Social Work Training Certificate (S.W.T.C.).

Sociology Concentration*

(10 courses)

SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 111 Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 300 Social Research Methods
SOCI 352 Foundations of Social Theory
SSCI 224 Basic Statistics
Five elective SOCI courses

*Students are advised to take SOCI 100 and SOCI 111 as first-year students, SSCI 224 as sophomores, and SOCI 300 and SOCI 352 as juniors.


Human Services Concentration***

(13 courses)

SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 238 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOCI 239 Social Welfare Policy and Services
SOCI 241 Social Work Practice: Organizations and Communities
SOCI 242 Social Work Practice: Groups and Families
SOCI 243 Social Work Practice: Individuals
SOCI 300 Social Research Methods
SOCI 352 Foundations of Social Theory
SSCI 224 Basic Statistics
SOCI 481 and SOCI 482 Human Service Internship (year-long course)
1 course on diverse cultures and/or stratification approved by the sociology faculty (such as SOCI 111 Cultural Anthropology or SOCI 345 Social Stratification)
1 Sociology elective

***Human Biology (BIOL 100) is recommended as it is often required by social work graduate schools. Students are advised to take SOCI 100 and SSCI 220 as first-year students; SSCI 224 and SOCI 239 as sophomores; SOCI 300, SOCI 240, SOCI 352 as juniors; and SOCI 241, SOCI 481 and SOCI 482 as seniors.


Sociology Teaching Major  

(11 courses)

Teaching majors for secondary education certification in these fields take the required courses for the sociology major.

Alumna Profile

Carie Goral ’99 directs Wisconsin Campus Compact’s AmeriCorps VISTA Service Learning Project. In the role, she recruits and supports 35 VISTA volunteers statewide and provides outreach to community organizations and K-12 and post-secondary students, faculty and staff, helping them promote and develop service-learning and civic engagement activities.