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Major and Minor Requirements

In 2016 a new set of requirements was developed for the Sociology major.  Credit requirements were changed slightly in a number of areas.  All newly-declaring students will be on this set of requirements.

  • A minimum of 48 credits in undergraduate sociology courses
    • At least 32 credits must be upper division (12 of the 32 must be numbered 407 or 410-491)
    • 12 credits in 400-level courses must be taken at the University of Oregon
  • No more than 8 credits in courses numbered 401-406 and 408-409 may be applied to the major as upper division electives
  • Courses used to satisfy major requirements must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C- or better
    • At least a 2.00 GPA must be achieved in the major (D grades are not counted)
  • Courses numbered 401-406 and 408-409 may be taken pass/no pass (P/N); P grades must be earned to apply to the major.
  • Completion of the following courses:
    1. Introduction to Sociology (SOC 204) OR Social Inequality (SOC 207)
    2. Development of Sociology (SOC 310)
    3. Introduction to Social Research (SOC 311)*
    4. Quantitative Methods in Sociology (SOC 312)**

Sociology Major Planning Worksheet

Can my external class count toward my Sociology major?

Sociology Major Requirements – Students who declared in spring 2016 or earlier

If you declared the Sociology major in spring 2016 or earlier, your major requirements are shown below.  If you would prefer to be on the new set of requirements, contact Elizabeth Milner with your ID number and request.  The new set may be useful to you if you have taken a lot of 300 level courses but not yet taken four 400 level courses.  Please note that once you change to the new requirements, you cannot change back.  Come for an advising appointment if you are uncertain which set is right for you.

  • A minimum of 44 credits in undergraduate sociology courses
    • At least 36 credits must be upper division (16 of the 36 must be numbered 407 or 410-491)
    • 12 of the 16 credits in 400-level courses must be taken at the University of Oregon.
  • No more than 8 credits in courses numbered 401-406 and 408-409 may be applied to the major as upper division electives
  • Courses used to satisfy major requirements must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C- or better
    • At least a 2.00 GPA must be achieved in the major (D grades are not counted)
  • Courses numbered 401-406 and 408-409 may be taken pass/no pass (P/N); P grades must be earned to apply to the major
  • Completion of the following courses:
    1. Development of Sociology (SOC 310)
    2. Introduction to Social Research (SOC 311)*
    3. Quantitative Methods in Sociology (SOC 312)**

Sociology Minor Requirements

  • A minimum of 24 credits in undergraduate sociology courses
  • At least 4 of the 24 credits must be lower division.  Currently, this means taking one of the following two courses:
    1. Introduction to Sociology (SOC 204)
    2. Social Inequality (SOC 207)
  • At least 12 of the 24 credits must be upper division.
  • At least 12 credits must be taken at the University of Oregon (at least 8 of those credits must be upper division)
  • No more than 4 credits in courses numbered 401-406 may be applied to the minor.
  • Courses used to satisfy minor requirements must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C- or better
  • Students must complete one of the following three courses:
    1. Development of Sociology (SOC 310)
    2. Introduction to Social Research (SOC 311)*
    3. Quantitative Methods in Sociology (SOC 312)**
  • Students may choose from any other sociology courses to complete their 24 credit requirement.  Some courses will have prerequisites that must be either completed or waived by the instructor.
  • Up to 8 credits may overlap with the requirements of another major, if the other major permits overlap.

Sociology Minor Planning Worksheet

Notes

* If the course was completed before Fall 2014, SOC 311 can be fulfilled by successfully completing PSY 303 with a grade of C- or better.  Effective Fall 2014, PSY 303 is no longer accepted in lieu of SOC 311.

**SOC 312 can also be fulfilled by successfully completing MATH 243, 425, 426, 461 or PSY 302 with a grade of C- or better.  Please be aware that MATH 243 will not count for upper division credit.

Prerequisites

Some sociology courses have one or more prerequisite classes.

  • SOC 204 and SOC 207: No prerequisites
    Any enrolled UO student may take them.  In addition, these courses count toward the Social Science Group UO requirement, and SOC 207 also counts as a Multicultural course.
  • SOC 311: SOC 204 or SOC 207 (or appropriate transfer coursework)
  • SOC 330: SOC 204 or SOC 207 (or appropriate transfer coursework)
  • SOC 312:  No prerequisites
    It is recommended that students complete MATH 95 or an equivalent class, or test higher than MATH 95 on a placement examination.  This is no longer a prerequisite as of September 2015.
  • 400-level courses: Usually the prerequisites require students to have completed SOC 310, SOC 311 and SOC 312.  Some courses are accepted in place of SOC 312 – see the relevant note earlier on this page.
  • SOC 410: SOC 310; 311; 312
    Feel free to contact the instructor for any given SOC 410 class to see if he or she will waive the prerequisites.
  • SOC 413: SOC 412

UO Degree Requirements

In addition to the major requirements, the University of Oregon has a set of requirements that all students must achieve in order to earn a University of Oregon diploma, regardless of major.  More information about Bachelor Degree requirements is available here.  If you have any questions about your degree requirements please see an advisor.