The undergraduate degree in sociology emphasizes knowledge and awareness of:
In addition, students completing the degree in sociology are expected to acquire the ability to:
Course code for this program is SOCY.
Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below. A minimum of 36 credit hours (but not more than 45) in sociology is required for the degree. Of the 36 semester hours, 21 must be upper division with a minimum of 15 upper-division credit hours of course work in the major taken on the Boulder campus. All required major courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. The cumulative GPA required in sociology courses is 2.00.
Required Courses and Semester Credit Hours
Consult the Four-Year Guarantee Requirements for information on eligibility. The concept of “adequate progress” as it is used here only refers to maintaining eligibility for the four-year guarantee; it is not a requirement for the major. To maintain adequate progress in sociology, students should meet the following requirements:
Students wishing to pursue graduate work in sociology leading to candidacy for an -advanced degree should carefully read the requirements for advanced degrees in the Graduate School section.
In addition, to be admitted to the graduate degree programs of the department, students must have satisfactory scores (as determined by the department) on the Graduate Record Examination, including both the verbal and quantitative sections.
The deadline for applications is December 1 for the academic year.
The Department of Sociology does not have a master’s degree program. However, students may obtain the MA degree in transit to the PhD if they wish, and students unable to complete PhD requirements may pursue a terminal MA degree, pending approval by the Graduate Committee. The department does not allow extra time for the completion of the MA degree.
All MA students are required to complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit. These 30 hours must include at least 6 credit hours in at least two seminars in the student’s major fields. Students may take a maximum of 6 hours of independent study. These may not be substituted for required seminars. In addition, all students must take courses from at least four different members of the faculty. Finally, all MA students must designate a Master’s Advisory Committee. This committee must yconsist of at least three regularly appointed graduate faculty members from the Department of Sociology.
For the MA degree, a student must complete 24 hours of course work at the 5000 level or above, including the required Theory and Methods sequence, and at least 4 and a minimum of 6 hours of thesis credits. Students must register for thesis credit hours in the semester of thesis defense.
For the MA degree, a student must complete 30 hours of course work at the 5000 level or above, including the required Theory and Methods sequence, and take a written exam in their major area within sociology. The Advisory Committee, here constituted as an examining committee, creates an exam that will assess the candidate’s competence in the relevant areas of sociological knowledge.
The main requirements for the doctoral degree are:
A detailed description of the PhD program is given in the Graduate Handbook available on the department website at sociology.colorado.edu.