Requirements for the Sociology Major/Minor

In consultation with an advisor, each student plans a major program that nurtures an understanding of society and the human condition, demonstrates how social and cultural knowledge are acquired through research, and enriches their general education. On the practical level, a major program prepares the student for graduate study in sociology or anthropology and contributes to pre-professional programs such as law and medicine. It also provides background preparation for careers in business, the civil service, ethnographic design and research development, education, humanitarian and international development, law enforcement and criminal justice, journalism, museum administration and outreach, public health and allied the health professions, public policy, social work, and urban planning among others.

                                                  Sociology Major

The major in sociology consists of ten courses, including four core courses (Sociology 1101, 2010, 2030, and 3010) and six electives. Seven of the ten courses required for the major (including the four core courses) must be Bowdoin sociology courses. The remaining three courses for the major may be, with department approval, from off-campus study (maximum of two courses); Bowdoin anthropology courses (2000 or 3000 level, maximum of two courses); or, with approval by the department chair, from related fields to meet the student's specific interests. Sociology 2010 should be taken in the sophomore year.

                                                  Sociology Minor

The minor in sociology consists of five sociology courses, including Sociology 1101, and four other courses at or above the intermediate level (numbered 2000 or above). One of the elective courses may be from anthropology (at or above the 2000 level) or, with department approval, from off-campus study. 

                                            Additional Information

For the Major program, two semesters of independent study may be counted, while for the Minor program one semester may be counted. In order for a course to fulfill the major or minor requirements in sociology, a grade of C- or above must be earned in that course.  Courses that count toward the major or minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail).

The core courses in sociology (1101, 2010, 2030, and 3010) must be taken at Bowdoin.