The Penn Sociology Major Program

TO DECLARE AS A SOCIOLOGY MAJOR:

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SPRING 2020 DURING REMOTE OPERATION: 

We hope all of our students are doing well in the midst of the unprecendented circumstances in the world today. The process to declare a major in Sociology remains largely the same during the duration of Penn's remote operation. The only difference is that the meeting with the Undergraduate Program Manager will be conducted via video conferencing software. Once a student makes the initial contact via email, the undergraduate program manager will give further instructions about the video meeting.

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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.

REQUIREMENTS (14 CU’S, AT LEAST 12 OF WHICH MUST BE SOCIOLOGY COURSES).

A. CORE REQUIREMENTS (5 CU's):
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 

B. AREA OF CONCENTRATION (3 CU's)
Students must complete at least 3 courses listed under one of our eight areas of concentration:
1. Applied Research and Data Analysis
2. Cities, Markets, and the Global Economy
3. Culture and Diversity
4. Family, Gender and Society
5. Law and Society
6. Medical Sociology
7. Population and Immigration
8. Structures of Opportunity and Inequality

C. ADDITIONAL SOCIOLOGY COURSES AND EXPERIENCES (4 CU's)
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)

D. SOCIOLOGY AND RELATED COURSES (2 CU's)
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.

E. SENIOR POSTER
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.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

*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 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 7.6.20