Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)

Sociology (2016 - 2018)

Major in Sociology for Students Who Matriculated Before Fall 2017

The sociology major consists of nine 4-point courses (36 points) completed with a grade of C or better, as follows. Students may choose to follow the new version of the major (below) with advice and permission of the department.

  • One introductory course chosen from the following:
    • Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1)
    • Introduction to Sociology: Honors (SOC-UA 2)
    • Great Books in Sociology (SOC-UA 3)
  • Sociological Theory (SOC-UA 111)
  • Research Methods (SOC-UA 301)
  • Statistics for Social Research (SOC-UA 302), or Advanced Placement (AP) credit in statistics
  • Two advanced seminars chosen from: SOC-UA 934, 936, 937, 938. When offered, Research Practicum in Qualitative Methods (SOC-UA 801) may substitute for one of the seminars.
  • Three SOC-UA electives

Of the nine courses required for the major, transfer students must take at least five (20 points) in the College of Arts and Science.

Major in Sociology for Students Who Matriculated in and after Fall 2017

The sociology major consists of nine 4-point courses (36 points) completed with a grade of C or better, as follows:

  • One introductory course chosen from the following:
    • Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1)
    • Introduction to Sociology: Honors (SOC-UA 2)
    • Great Books in Sociology (SOC-UA 3)
  • Sociological Theory (SOC-UA 111)
  • Research Methods (SOC-UA 301)
  • Statistics for Social Research (SOC-UA 302), or Advanced Placement (AP) credit in statistics
  • One Capstone Seminar. When offered, Research Practicum in Qualitative Methods (SOC-UA 801) may substitute for the capstone.
  • Four SOC-UA electives

Of the nine courses required for the major, transfer students must take at least five (20 points) in the College of Arts and Science.

Major in Global Public Health/Sociology

This major draws on the Department of Sociology's strength in theoretical creativity and substantive empirical research on important social issues. Global public health/sociology graduates may go on to a diverse array of careers in law, health, public administration, and social service, as well as further graduate study in sociology, public health, or related disciplines. It requires fifteen 4-point courses (60 points) completed with a grade of C or better, as follows.

Global public health requirements (seven courses/28 points):

  • Health and Society in a Global Context (UGPH-GU 10)
  • Biostatistics for Public Health (UGPH-GU 20)
  • Epidemiology for Global Health (UGPH-GU 30)
  • Health Policy in a Global World (UGPH-GU 40)
  • Environmental Health in a Global World (UGPH-GU 50)
  • Undergraduate Global Public Health Internship (UGPH-GU 60)
  • One foreign language course above the intermediate two level (4 points). To satisfy the requirement, students may also use AP or other advanced standing credit that is equivalent to completion of one course above intermediate two. Alternatively, they may take an NYU language placement exam and place into the second course above intermediate two.

Sociology requirements (four courses/16 points):

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1)
  • Sociological Theory (SOC-UA 111)
  • Research Methods (SOC-UA 301)
  • Advanced Seminar in Sociology (SOC-UA 934)

Sociology electives (two courses/8 points), to be chosen from:

  • Sex and Gender (SOC-UA 21)
  • Race and Ethnicity (SOC-UA 135)
  • Wealth, Power, Status: Inequality in Society (SOC-UA 137)
  • Social Policy in Modern Societies (SOC-UA 313)
  • Sociology of Medicine (SOC-UA 414)
  • The Family (SOC-UA 451)
  • Immigration (SOC-UA 452)
  • Cities, Communities, and Urban Life (SOC-UA 460)

Combined major electives (two courses/8 points):

  • Two courses chosen from sociology and/or GPH, by advisement.

For descriptions of GPH (UGPH-GU) courses and for all policies applying to the major (including those for transfer students), please see the global public health section of this Bulletin.

Minor

The sociology minor consists of four 4-point courses (16 points): one introductory course (as above), plus three other courses in sociology. Students must earn grades of C or better in their minor courses. Of the four courses required for the minor, transfer students must take at least two (8 points) in the College of Arts and Science.

Honors Program

Students with at least a 3.65 GPA both overall and in the major (or who have permission of the director of undergraduate studies) may elect to participate in our honors program.

In the fall of senior year, honors students register for the first term of Senior Honors Research Seminar (SOC-UA 950) to develop and structure their research projects. The faculty member teaching the course assists students in finding faculty thesis advisers. In the spring of senior year, honors students take the second term of Senior Honors Research Seminar (SOC-UA 951) and work under the supervision of their selected adviser. One semester of the Honors Research Seminar sequence may substitute for one of the two advanced seminars required for the old major, or for the Capstone Seminar requirement of the new major.

Honors students are encouraged to take graduate courses when appropriate. These courses should stimulate and deepen understanding of sociology and enhance the quality of the senior thesis. This should be done in consultation with their advisers.

Advanced social research methods honors program: Students in this specialized honors program take a graduate methods or statistics course in place of one elective course.

Social theory honors program: Students in this specialized honors program take a graduate social theory course in place of one elective course.