Wellesley College’s sociology major provides a strong foundation in both theory and research methods (through the core courses), while allowing students to tailor their major to their specific subject interests. A sociology major also offers students several opportunities for both individual and group projects.
Like the major, the sociology minor is offered for students who wish to develop analytical skills in preparation for work or study in a wide array of fields. A minor in sociology is appropriate for students who seek to acquire a supplementary perspective that is informed by the sociological frame of reference.
Although the department provides the opportunity to create subdisciplinary specializations, our first and primary goal is to help students explore the range of phenomenon that can be understood through sociological perspectives and methods. Therefore, the department encourages students to explore both the breadth of the sociology curriculum, and the larger Wellesley College curriculum.
A student wishing to major or minor in sociology should consult a faculty advisor in the sociology department in order to devise a cohesive plan of study.
Majoring in Sociology
Requirements (9 units):
All four core units and the two 300-level units should be taken at Wellesley. Students wanting to count towards the major core or elective units taken at other institutions should obtain permission from the department chair in advance of taking these courses.
It is recommended that students complete the sequence of theory and methods courses by the end of their junior year if they hope to conduct independent research or honors projects during their senior year. If a major anticipates being away during all or part of the junior year, the theory (SOC 200 and SOC 201) and research methods course (SOC 290) should be taken during the sophomore year, or an alternative plan should be arranged with her advisor.
SUBSTITUTES FOR SOC 190:
Minoring in Sociology
Requirements (6 units):