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Sociology Major and Minor Requirements

Faculty advisor: Professor Alan Lockwood, 256A Teacher Education, 263-6262, lockwood@education.wisc.edu

Important: The School of Education is now offering a new and innovative teacher licensing program in secondary education. Licensing in middle and high school English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies is now obtained by completing a master’s degree program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Graduates are awarded a master’s degree along with certification in their subject area(s) and certification in English as a Second Language (ESL).

This new structure means that students at UW–Madison become certified to teach these subjects only through graduate-level course work, not as undergraduates.

Information about the new program (e.g., licensing areas, requirements, application process, prerequisite course work and tests, deadlines, and program selection) is available on the Curriculum and Instruction website

Advising staff in the School of Education's Academic Services Office, 139 Education Building, 608-262-1651, can also answer questions and confer with students about the new program.

The major and minor requirements listed below are provided only for (1) secondary students admitted into the undergraduate program fall 2013 or before, and for (2) elementary education students wishing to complete a minor in this subject.

Sociology Major Requirements

Complete a minimum of 34 credits. The credits required for program admission must be chosen from courses below. At least 15 credits of upper-level major course work (numbered 300–699) must be taken in residence on the UW–Madison campus. Students may also wish to consult with an undergraduate advisor in the Sociology department. Courses are Sociology listings unless otherwise indicated.

  • Select one:
    • 210 Survey of Sociology, 3–4
    • 211 The Sociological Enterprise, 3
    • 181 The Sociological Enterprise, Honors Introductory Seminar, 3–4
  • Select one:
    • 360 Statistics for Sociologists I, 4 AND 357 Methods of Sociological Inquiry, 3–4 (concurrent registration recommended)
    • 358 Design and Analysis of Social Research, 3 AND 359 Statistical Analysis of Social Research, 4 (take concurrently)
    • 357 Methods of Sociological Inquiry, 3–4 AND one equivalent statistics course from another department (Econ 310, Gen Bus 303, Geog 360, Math 310, Poli Sci 551, Psych 210, Psych 280, Stat 301)
  • 475 Classical Sociological Theory, 3
  • Select at least one course from two of the following groups of departmental offerings. Courses used to meet the requirements above may not be applied to this requirement. Note: Each course may be counted in only one of the groups listed below.
    • Methods/Stats: 361, 362, 365, 375, 376, 461, 544
    • Deviant Behavior: 421, 422, 431, 441, 445, 446, 463
    • Theory: 462, 476, 477, 478
    • Social Psychology: 464, 530, 531, 532, 533, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 543, 545, 573, 575, 577, 578
    • Social Organization: 311, 415, 465, 470, 601, 610, 611, 612, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 620, 621, 622, 623, 624, 625, 626, 627, 630, 632, 633, 634, 636, 637, 640, 641, 642, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 650, 652, 670, 678 
    • Demography and Ecology: 380, 460, 663, 666, 674, 676, 677
    • Community and Environmental Sociology: 533, 540, 541, 573, 578, 612, 617, 639, 650, 666
  • Additional course work to total a minimum of 34 credits selected in consultation with the department's undergraduate advisor.

Note: Students interested in studying and teaching in a number of social studies disciplines may wish to combine the major listed here with a major in Broad Field Social Studies. This combination allows an individual to develop a depth of study in a particular area of interest while acquiring a broader understanding of the social sciences. The ability to teach a number of social studies courses may increase employment opportunities and this combination will also provide a foundation for certification in additional social studies subject areas at a later date.

Sociology Minor Requirements for Students in Elementary and Secondary Education

The Sociology minor may be completed by students in Secondary Education Social Studies or Elementary Education licensing programs. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required, based on all Sociology minor course work taken on the UW–Madison campus. The graduation grade point average may be modified by the last 60 credits rule.

Secondary Education students may select this minor only if completing a major in another Social Studies certification area. It is not possible to be certified only in a minor area. Interested Secondary Education students must apply and be admitted to the Social Studies program. Admission is limited and competitive. See additional information under the major of choice.

All Secondary students, whether completing their first degree or adding on a teaching minor to a prior certification, should expect to complete a methods course, participate in practicum and student teaching experience, and earn passing scores on a content exam to be recommended for certification. Students wishing to complete a minor must consult with the faculty advisor/program coordinator to discuss its field experience component.

The Sociology minor requires a minimum of 24 credits. Complete the required courses for the major and Sociology electives to reach 24 credits.

This page was updated 9/22/14.