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Sociology explores how our lives, behaviors, and identities are shaped by our ties to others, from intimate spheres to global ones. Completing the Sociology major gives you the tools to understand the complex structures of the social world and how they interact. Sociology courses at Brockport include topics as diverse as sport, health, race and ethnicity, food, gender, education, and human rights.

At the core of sociology is what C. Wright Mills calls "The Sociological Imagination," the awareness that "neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both." Rigorous research and creative concepts enable sociologists to, in Pierre Bourdieu's words, "think in a completely astonished and disconcerted way about things you thought you had always understood."

Both scientific and humanistic, sociology is a classic, liberal-arts discipline. Sociology students learn to examine both cultures and social structures, gaining significant insights into society, social change, and their own social identities. Research and analytical skills, combined with an emphases on effective communication and critical thinking, prepare sociology students for success in graduate school or careers in the social service, nonprofit, public-sector, and business fields.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the sociology major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements. The sociology major requires students to earn 33 credits in sociology. Electives should be chosen based on student interest and career goals, in consultation with your sociology advisor.

General Education Requirements (32-38 credits)

Major Program Requirements (33 credits)

Required Coursework (15 credits)

  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology*
  • SOC 200 Social Statistics**
  • SOC 300 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 310 Methods of Sociological Research (Prerequisite: SOC 200)

** NOTE: Students who substitute another statistics course for SOC 200 Social Statistics must take 18 credits of sociology electives.

Total Number of Credits: 33

*Denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Electives (49-55 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Students must earn a "C" or higher grade in SOC 200, SOC 300, and SOC 310.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all required major courses (Major Departmental Requirements).
  • Completion of all college-wide degree requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply sociological theories to understand social phenomena
  2. Explain how culture and social structure shape individual experiences and opportunities
  3. Rigorously analyze social science data
  4. Effectively communicate sociological concepts and empirical findings