Sociology Major

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About the Sociology Major

The Sociology Major at Miami University is rooted in the liberal arts, and exposes students to the study of society, structures, social processes, and human interaction.  It also includes a focus on important social institutions, including organizations, families, healthcare, the economy, and the law. 

All students must take the following required courses:

SOC 153: Sociology in a Global Context

STA 261: Statistics

SOC 262: Research Methods

SOC 372: Social Stratification

SOC 482: Sociological Theory

SOC 459: Sociology Capstone OR SOC 462: Applied Sociological Research Methods OR SOC 470: Social and Political Activism

Students may fulfill the remaining requirements from the full list of SOC courses, and at least 9 of these elective hours must be at the 300 level or above.

Areas of Concentration 

Students with more specific intellectual and career interests can choose elective courses from the concentrations outlined below

Markets and Management: 

For students interested in human resource management, marketing, market research, management, or graduate school in business (MBA).  The Markets and Management concentration provides coursework in social relations in the workplace, the dynamics of bureaucracies and other organizations, and the structures and processes that govern economies and market institutions.  Electives include, but are not limited to:

SOC 225: Work and Occupational Justice

SOC 305: Sociology of Globalization

SOC 417: Economy and Society

SOC 454: Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy

Remaining hours to fulfill the major requirements can be completed with classes about Social Problems, Self and Society, Applied Sociological Research Methods, Sociology Field Experience (Internship).

Health, Medicine, and Society:

For students interested in public health, health care administration, health and healthcare fields (especially when paired with a pre-med major).  As recent changes in the MCAT make clear, medical schools and medial professions are increasingly interested in candidates who understand the social determinants of health and the social contexts in which health and health outcomes are produced.  The Health, Medicine, and Society concentration provides coursework that covers these vital topics.  Electives include, but are not limited to:

SOC 221: Sexualities

SOC 257: Population

SOC 272: Introduction to Disability Studies

SOC 357: Medical Sociology

Remaining hours to fulfill the major requirements can be completed with classes about Women and (Dis)ability, Aging and the Life Course, Sociology of Mental Disorders, (Dis)ability Allies, Formal Organizations and Bureaucracies, Sociology Field Experience (internship).

Identities and Inequalities:

For students interested in advocacy, community and non-profit work, law.   The identities and inequalities concentration focuses on the major dimensions of stratification in the United States, and the social factors that shape individual experiences and outcomes.  Electives include, but are not limited to:

SOC 203: Sociology of Gender Roles

SOC 221: Sexualities

SOC 258: Self and Society

SOC 348: Race and Ethnic Relations

Remaining hours to fulfill the major requirements can be completed with courses in Social Problems, African Americans in Sport, Sociology of Globalization, Aging and the Life Course, Social Justice and Change, Sociology of Law, Sociology Field Experience (internship).

Social Problems and Social Services:

For students interested in law, social policy, and social work.  The social problems and social services concentration offers coursework on the legal and social contexts of social groups and institutions, including the family and aging.  Electives include, but are not limited to:

SOC 201: Social Problems

SOC 318: Sociology of Aging and the Life Course

SOC 363: Sociology of Families

SOC 451: Family Violence

SOC 260A: Internship: Applied Sociology

Remaining hours to fulfill the major requirements can be completed with courses in Self and Society, Intro. to Disability Studies, Sociology of Law, Formal Organizations and Bureaucracies, Gender and Aging.