The Penn Sociology Major Program


Schedule a meeting with the Undergraduate Program Manager (UPM). In this meeting the UPM will go over the requirements of the major and our programmatic offerings for Penn students. This is your opportunity to share how you became interested in the Sociology major and what you aspire to achieve while in the program (and post-graduation, if you have an idea of what you'd like to do. However, please remember that it is 100% okay if you're not quite sure what you'd like to do post-graduation when you first declare your major). We work closely with our majors to help them create a fulfilling academic and personal experience that will serve as a valuable foundation for their professional and academic careers.


1. SOCI 001: Introduction to Sociology
2. SOCI 125: Classical Sociological Theory OR SOCI 126: Contemporary Sociological Theory
3. SOCI 100: Introduction to Sociological Research
4. SOCI 120: Social Statistics
5. An advanced research methods courses, either SOCI 111: Health of Populations, SOCI 128: Introduction to Demographic Methods; SOCI 221: Sample Survey Methods; OR SOCI 222: Field Methods 

Students must complete at least 3 courses listed under one of our eight areas of concentration:
1. Global and International studies
2. Law and Society
3. Quantitative Methods
4. Sociology of Culture
5. Sociology of Families and Populations
6. Sociology of Health and Medicine
7. Structures of Opportunity & Inequality
8. Urban Sociology

Students are encouraged to combine a variety of Sociology courses and experiences to complement their academic, professional, and research interests. The following can count for this requirement:
1. All courses with a SOCI course code that are not already being counted for other requirements for the major. In addition to our traditional course offerings, we occassionally offer Academically Based Community Services (ABCS) courses and Freshman Seminars.
2. All crosslisted courses with a SOCI course code at the time the course is taken, even if Sociology is not the primary section
3. All independent studies that are completed under a SOCI course code (SOCI 299)
4. All independent studies completed for the honors program (SOCI 399)
5. The Honors Thesis Workshop part 1 (SOCI 300 for .5 CU) and part 2 (SOCI 301 for .5 CU)

Subject to the discretion of the Undergraduate Chair, these may be courses in Sociology, and/or courses offered in other departments at Penn that are directly related to sociology or the student's concentration. 
1. If the course the student would like to count is not in Sociology or crosslisted with Sociology, students must submit the syllabus of the course to the undergraduate program manager for department review.
2. Students can either send courses for approval that they have already taken, or courses that they are interested in taking in the future.

Every graduating senior in Sociology is required to submit a poster based on a paper or project they completed in a Sociology class, or with a Sociology faculty member. All posters are displayed at the annual Graduation Luncheon at the end of the academic year. The creation of this poster gives students a chance to critically display and demonstrate their knowledge in a visual context. It also allows students to bring to bear a sociological problem or phenomenon to the larger University community. The creation of the poster is a months-long process with several deadlines that count toward a final score. To complete the poster, seniors are required to work closely with the undergraduate program manager and the faculty member under whom their paper or project was completed. All posters are graded Pass/Fail and seniors must pass in order to complete the requirements of the major for graduation.


*It is recommended that students take Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 001) as early as possible in their Penn careers if they are considering Sociology. Sociology majors should take Introduction to Sociological Research (SOCI 100) before taking the advanced research methods course in order to put the concepts learned in the advanced methods course into proper context. In general, Penn Sociology majors should attempt to complete the 5 CORE REQUIREMENT courses as soon as possible due to the high demand of some of the courses, and the fact that some of the courses are not offered every semester.

*The Sociology department will accept up to 2 non-methods study abroad courses (that are given SOCI equivalency through XCAT) toward the major.

* Students who are in the Quantitative Methods concentration can substitute SOCI 535 (Quantitative Methods I) plus SOCI 536 (Quantitative Methods II) for SOCI 120 and the advanced research methods requirement. These students still must complete SOCI 100.

*Students who are in the Quantitative Methods concentration who chose to take SOCI 535 and 536 (together to substitute for SOCI 120 and the advanced research methods requirement) can also count SOCI 535 and 536 as two of the three courses needed for the concentration. If a student chooses to also count SOCI 535 and 536 toward the Area of Concentration requirement, their requirement for "Additional Sociology Courses" increases from 4 to 6.

*Students who major in Sociology cannot minor in Sociology, Law and Society, or Medical Sociology (students interested in these disciplines should consider the Law and Society concentration or the Health and Medicine concentration in the major). 


Updated 1.15.20