Areas of Concentration

Every Sociology major is required to complete 3 CU's under a concentration. Our eight concentrations allow students to focus on a specific topic (or approach) in Sociology. Students can only select one concentration, although they are free to take courses that fall under other concentrations in order to fulfill other requirements in the major. Each student’s concentration (and overall course plan) must be approved by the undergraduate chair or program manager to ensure that the student will meet all requirements for graduation.

The eight concentrations offered by the department are listed below (in alphabetical order). The courses listed under each concentration can be used to meet the 3 CU requirement for the concentration.

Global and International Studies
Students examine a variety of global and international issues such as immigration, urbanism, demographic change, world health, and the persistence of social inequality. 

Law and Society
This concentration is suitable for students with a variety of interests, but may be especially well-suited to those interested in careers in law and criminal justice.

Quantitative Methods
Students will become familiar with quantitative methods in sociology, both with respect to how to use them in general (e.g., Introduction to Demographic Methods) and how they are used for specific topics (e.g., Health of Populations).  

Sociology of Culture
Investigates an aspect of human life that is central to its definition: the origins and development of meaning - religious, moral, normative, esthetic, cognitive - and how they are expressed in and serve to shape human conduct.  

Sociology of Families and Populations
Understanding the causes and consequences of the changes within family systems.

Sociology of Health and Medicine
Explores conceptions of health and illness in society.

Structures of Opportunity and Inequality
Explores the balance of individual self-determination and institutionalized constraint in shaping people’s lives.

Urban Sociology
Explores the relationship between neighborhoods, cities, and metropolitan areas and how they are defined by geographic, economic, legal, political, cultural, and social boundaries.