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Sociology

Requirements for the Major
Concentration in Analysis and Research ("CAR")
Criminal Justice Certificate
Enrollment
Honors Program
Honors in the Major
Thesis of Distinction
Prerequisites and Course Levels
Courses

8128 Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706; 608-262-3261; www.ssc.wisc.edu/soc

Professors Carlson, DeLamater, Emirbayer, Ermakoff, Ferree, Fujimura, Herd, Gerber, Goldberg,  Logan, Maynard, Montgomery, Oliver, Raymo, Rogers, Schaeffer, Seidman, Wright; Associate Professors Elwert, Fletcher, Freeland, Grodsky, Lim, Massoglia, Nobles, Schwartz; Assistant Professors Conti, Engelman, Goffman, Grant,Vargas

Undergraduate advisor in the major: Ellen Jacobson, 8128 Social Science, 608-262-3572, ejacobso@ssc.wisc.edu

Faculty diversity liaison: Mustafa Emirbayer, emirbayer@ssc.wisc.edu

Sociology applies the methods of science to explain social behavior. The interactions of individuals in families, groups, or organizations, and the institutions, social class, or shared beliefs of a common culture are all subjects for sociological research. There are many career opportunities open to people who complete a major in sociology, including business, counseling and social service, public policy, law, and criminal justice.

Students interested in sociology should meet with the undergraduate advisor before they register for the second semester of the sophomore year. The undergraduate office's resource center holds detailed information about the major, the department, research interests of sociology faculty, career opportunities, and student work. Declaration of the major during the sophomore year will give students access to required sociology courses for fall of the junior year.

Requirements for the Major

The requirements for the sociology major have changed this year. Requirements listed below are for majors who declare fall semester 2015 and after. Students who declared the major before fall 2015 should verify their completion requirements with the undergraduate advisor.

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the basic major. A minimum of 36 credits is required for the elective option—Concentration in Analysis and Research (CAR).

All students are required to take four foundational core courses (Introduction, Research, Statistics, and Theory) and four additional upper-level distribution courses that build on prior sociological and social scientific knowledge from the foundational core courses.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the four required foundational core courses as early as possible. These foundational courses are prerequisites for most upper-level courses.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE COURSES

Introduction (1 course):

Choose one of the following:

1. Soc 210 Survey of Sociology
2. Soc 211 The Sociological Enterprise
3. Soc 181 Honors Introductory Seminar

Research Methods and Statistics (2 courses):

Students may take methods and statistics in the same semester. If students take methods and statistics in different semesters, we recommend taking methods before statistics as an entry point to the methods and materials of the field.

Choose one of the following combinations for methods and statistics:

1. Soc 357 Methods of Sociological Inquiry and Soc 360 Statistics for Sociologists I

2. Soc 357 Methods of Sociological Inquiry and one equivalent statistics course from another department (GenBus 303, Econ 310, Geog 360, Math/Stat 310, Poli Sci 551, Psych 210, 280, Stat 301, or Stat 371). Statistics courses taken outside of the Department of Sociology will not count as part of the 30-credit minimum in the major or as part of the 15-credit upper-level minimum in residence

3. Soc 358 Design of Social Research taken concurrently with Soc 359 Statistical Analysis of Social Research

Theory (1 course):

Soc 475 Classical Sociological Theory

DISTRIBUTION COURSES (4 courses from at least 2 different areas)

Select from the following areas:

1. Methods/statistics: Soc 361, 362, 365, 375, 376, 461, 544
2. Theory: Soc 476, 477, 478
3. Deviant behavior: Soc 421, 422, 431, 441, 445, 446, 463
4. Social psychology: Soc 464, 530, 531, 532, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 543, 545,578
5. Social organization: Soc 465, 470, 601, 610, 611, 612, 614, 615, 616, 617, 620,621, 622, 623, 624, 625, 626, 630, 632, 633, 634, 637, 639, 640, 641, 642,643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649, 650, 652, 655, 670, 678
6. Demography and ecology: Soc 380, 460, 575, 663, 666, 674, 676, 677
7. Community and environmental sociology: Soc 533, 540, 541, 573, 578, 612, 617, 639, 650, 666

Note: Courses that appear in more than one area may fill only one area requirement.

Sociology majors take additional sociology electives to bring total credits to 30.

All students must fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. All sociology courses 300–699 count toward this requirement, except 311, 350, 357, 358, 359, 360, 415, 431, 497, 533.

Topics courses (496), Internships (694), Practicums (320 and 693), Directed Study (698, 699), Senior or Honors Theses (691–692, 681–682) do not count as area courses; however, these courses do count toward the requirement of 15 upper-level credits in residence.

Concentration in Analysis and Research ("CAR")

What Is "CAR"?

The Concentration in Analysis and Research—an elective option within the undergraduate sociology major—is designed for students who do well and are interested in research methods and statistics. CAR prepares students for entry-level jobs in applied social research and/or for graduate study. Key features of the concentration include advanced statistics courses, training in social science computing, and research. By selecting appropriate electives and internships, students may focus their training on demography, survey research, marketing and communications, criminal justice, health care, education, social services, natural resources, organizations, or personnel and human resources.

Requirements for the CAR Option

Concentration in Analysis and Research (CAR)—Option noted on transcript.

Faculty director: Professor James Raymo, 2446 Social Science; 608-262-2783; jraymo@ssc.wisc.edu

To enter the CAR program, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B) in Methods and Statistics. To complete the CAR program, students must complete the following 36 credits of requirements and earn a minimum GPA of 3.000 in those courses unique to the CAR option.

All students are required to take four foundational core courses (Introduction, Research, Statistics, and Theory) and additional CAR Distribution courses in Statistics, Research, Computing, and Practicum that build on prior sociological and social scientific knowledge from the foundational core courses.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the four required foundational core courses as early as possible. These foundational courses are prerequisites for most upper-level courses.

FOUNDATIONAL CORE COURSES

Introduction (1 course):

Choose one of the following:

1. Soc 210 Survey of Sociology
2. Soc 211 The Sociological Enterprise
3. Soc 181 Honors Introductory Seminar

Research Methods and Statistics (2 courses):

Students may take methods and statistics in the same semester. If students take methods and statistics in different semesters, we recommend taking methods before statistics as an entry point to the methods and materials of the field.

Students choose one of the following combinations for methods and statistics:

1. Soc 357 Methods of Sociological Inquiry and Soc 360 Statistics for Sociologists I

2. Soc 357 Methods of Sociological Inquiry and one equivalent statistics course from another department (GenBus 303, Econ 310, Geog 360, Math/Stat 310, Poli Sci 551, Psych 210, 280, Stat 301, or Stat 371). Statistics courses taken outside of the Department of Sociology will not count as part of the 30-credit minimum in the major or as part of the 15-credit upper-level minimum in residence

3. Soc 358 Design of Social Research taken concurrently with Soc 359 Statistical Analysis of Social Research

Theory (1 course):

Soc 475 Classical Sociological Theory

“CAR” DISTRIBUTION COURSES

Additional Statistics (2 courses):

Soc 361 (or equivalent course outside sociology)
Soc 362 (or equivalent course outside sociology)

Research Electives (2 courses):

Soc 365, 375, 376, 535, 536, 544, 674, 676, 751, 752, 753, 755, 758, 952, 964, 974 (courses 700 and above for students who qualify), or one approved research elective from outside sociology (see CAR director or undergraduate advisor for the current list).

Introductory Computing (1 course):

Soc 365 Computing in Sociological Research

Research Practicum (1 course):

Soc 693 Practicum in Analysis and Research

This course is offered in spring semester only, and must be preceded by a research internship arranged by the CAR faculty director. Students who have completed this option will have completed graduate-level statistics, and if they enter the graduate program here, may apply 6 credits toward the M.A. requirements.

CAR concentrators take additional courses required by CAR and sociology electives to bring total credits to 36.

All students must fulfill the L&S requirement of at least 15 credits of upper-level work in the major completed in residence. All sociology courses 300–699 count toward this requirement, except 311, 350, 357, 358, 359, 360, 415, 431, 497, 533.  

Criminal Justice Certificate

Sociology majors wishing to earn a certificate in criminal justice may do so with a minimum of additional course requirements and permission of the Criminal Justice advisor. See Criminal Justice section in this catalog.

Enrollment

Required courses for the sociology major and for the CAR option may have temporary course controls that send non-declared students "Course Requisites Not Met" enrollment error messages. Certain 100-numbered courses each semester are restricted to freshmen and sophomores until freshmen have enrolled. Check the Course Guide for notes each semester.

Honors Program

A variety of courses in sociology offer honors credit, and may be used toward Honors in the Liberal Arts in the College of Letters and Science. These include the special honors introductory seminar, Sociology 181, Sociology 380 Contemporary Population Problems, other special honors sections of 100- and 200-level courses, and courses that provide honors by arrangement with the instructor. Sociology also has courses that award automatic honors, including 361, 362 and 693, and certain other upper-division courses designated by semester in the Course Guide. Sociology also makes special offerings of upper-level courses available to sophomores in the honors program for one semester at a time.

Honors in the Major

Students wishing to earn Honors in the Major must apply to the department undergraduate advisor.

Honors in the Major for the B.A. or B.S. requires the following:

Of the 30 credits required for a major in sociology, 21 must be credits for honors and include Methods (357 or 358), Theory (475), and the two-semester Honors Thesis (681–682). The remaining 9 honors credits must be in courses at or above the 300 level. Honors credits are available, with consent of instructor, in most courses numbered 300 through 679. A minimum GPA of 3.300 in the major and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.300 in all courses taken at UW–Madison are required for graduation with Honors in the Major.

Students should check with the department honors advisor at least once a year for guidance in planning the best possible Honors in the Major curriculum that reflects their special interests.

Thesis of Distinction

This distinction is available to students who write a thesis but who do not earn Honors in the Major. A thesis of distinction requires a senior thesis of high caliber, but no specific cumulative grade point average is required.

Prerequisites and Course Levels

Course numbers in the sociology department indicate subject matter rather than level of difficulty. Unless indicated otherwise, prerequisites at the upper level are junior standing and an introductory course in sociology or consent of instructor.

Most courses in sociology count toward the social studies breadth requirement. Courses 200 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, & Transgender Studies, 244 Introduction to Southeast Asia, 252 Civilizations of India, and 277 Africa: An Introductory Survey count toward breadth requirements in either humanities or social studies. The following do not count toward any breadth requirement: 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 496, 693, 694.