Undergraduate Degree Programs

Degree Options

Major in Sociology

A major or minor in sociology lets you explore some of the most urgent and interesting topics today. Family. Legal and judicial systems. Health and health care. The economy. Media. Power and inequality. Crime. Social change. Religion. Race/class/gender/sexuality. Climate change. Human rights.

The sociology major or minor at UConn is indispensable for professional success across a wide range of careers in social services, counseling, digital media and design, public relations, education and teaching, human resource management, marketing, health care, government, law, public policy, community work, the non-profit sector, publishing, journalism, city and regional planning, and more.


Introductory Course:

  • One of the following: 
    • SOCI 1001 – Introduction to Sociology
    • SOCI 1251 – Social Problems
    • SOCI 1501 – Race, Class, and Gender
    • SOCI 1701 – Society in Global Perspective

Note: SOCI 1001W, 1251W, 1501W, and 1701W may also be used to satisfy this requirement.


24 Credits of 2000+ level SOCI or cross-listed courses:

  • SOCI 3201 – Research Methods (3 credits)
  • SOCI 3211Q – Quantitative Methods in Social Research (4 credits)      OR      PSYC 2100Q and an additional SOCI 2000+ level course
    • Prerequisites for SOCI 3211Q: STAT 1000Q or 1100Q (or instructor consent) and SOCI 3201
  • SOCI 3251/W – Social Theory (3 credits)
  • 5 more courses in Sociology at the 2000+ level, including one W course unless SOCI 3251 was taken as a W.
    • These are your choice from the SOCI course offerings.
    • No more than 3 credits of SOCI 3990 (Internship) can count towards the major.


  • Twelve credits of 2000+ level courses in departments other than SOCI and that are not cross-listed with SOCI.
    • See list of pre-approved relateds, which will automatically be counted as related.
    • Your advisor may approve other 2000+ level courses as related on your final plan of study. Note that Student Admin only recognizes courses from the pre-approved list.  Don’t be concerned – your advisor’s approval on the final plan of study is what counts.

Please note:

  • A “C” average or better is required in the 24 credit group for the Sociology major. Courses with a grade of “C-” or lower can still count towards the major as long as the overall average major GPA is 2.0 or higher.
  • No pass/fail courses can be used towards the major, except those taken during Spring 2020.
  • No more than 11 2000-level or above SOCI transfer credits may count toward the major.

Pre-Approved Relateds

Below is a summary of the pre-approved Related courses for Sociology.

If you would like to request that one or more courses that are not pre-approved be used towards your Relateds, please submit this form. Please note that these courses must be 2000-level or higher.

Any 2000+ level course from:

Additional Pre-Approved Courses:

AH – Allied Health

  • 3021    Environment, Genetics and Cancer
  • 3101     Health and Wellness for Life
  • 3173     Psychology of Workplace Safety
  • 3174     Environmental Laws, Regulations and Issues
  • 3175     Environmental Health
  • 3203     Aging: Implications for Health Professionals
  • 3237     Women’s Health and Health Care
  • 4221W Trends in Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health
  • 4242     Counseling and Teaching for the Health Professional
  • 4243    Health Care Issues for the Health Professional

ARE – Agricultural and Resource Economics

  • 3260    Food Policy
  • 3434    Environmental and Resource Policy

BADM – Business Administration

  • 3673    Business Organizations and Governance
  • 3678    Intellectual Property Law and Ethics in the Digital Age
  • 3720    The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
  • 3740    Managerial and Interpersonal Behavior
  • 3750    Introduction to Marketing Management

BLAW – Business Law

  • 3175     Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

CHIN – Chinese

  • 3230    Language and Identity in Greater China
  • 3260    Contemporary Chinese Culture

DRAM – Dramatic Arts

  • 3130     Women in Theatre
  • 3131      African-American Theatre
  • 3131W  African-American Theatre
  • 3132      African American Women Playwrights, 1900 to Present
  • 3133      Latina/o Theatre
  • 3139      Theatre and Human Rights
  • 4152      World Film

EDLR – Educational Leadership

  • 3251       Introduction to Organizations and Human Resources Education
  • 3252      Introduction to Management and Human Resources Education
  • 3253      Introduction to Planning and Evaluation and Human Resources Education
  • 3262      College Freshmen: Their Characteristics and Their Adjustment to College Life
  • 3263      Student Leadership
  • 3300      Sport in Society
  • 3300W  Sport in Society
  • 3335       Sport Law

    EPSY – Educational Psychology

    • 3010      Educational Psychology
    • 3020     Peer Counseling
    • 3100      Introduction to Exceptionality
    • 3110       Exceptionality
    • 3111        Exceptionality II
    • 3130      Methods for Teaching Students with Disabilities
    • 4300     The Psychology of Men and Boys

    ENGL – English

    • 2635E        Literature and the Environment
    • 3210      Native American Literature
    • 3212      Asian American Literature
    • 3214      Black American Writers I
    • 3214W  Black American Writers I
    • 3216W  Black American Writers II
    • 3218      Ethnic Literatures of the United States
    • 3218W  Ethnic Literatures of the United States
    • 3220     Jewish American Literature and Culture
    • 3235W Reading the American City
    • 3420     Children’s Literature
    • 3422      Young Adult Literature
    • 3605      Latina/o Literature
    • 3607      Studies in Latina/o Literature
    • 3609      Women’s Literature
    • 3611       Women’s Literature 1900 to the Present
    • 3613       Introduction to LGBT Literature
    • 3617        Literature and Religion
    • 3619       Topics in Literature and Human Rights
    • 3623       Studies in Literature and Culture
    • 3629       Introduction to Holocaust Literature
    • 3631        Literature, Culture, and Humanitarianism
    • 3633       The Rhetoric of Political Discourse in Literature and Society
    • 3633W   The Rhetoric of Political Discourse in Literature and Society

    FREN – French

    • 3224      Issues in Cultural Studies, the Media, and the Social Sciences

    GERM – German

    • 2400        The Environment in German Culture
    • 3251         German Culture and Civilization
    • 3258        Germans in Africa, Blacks in German-Speaking Countries. Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives
    • 3265         Topics in German Culture

    HSMG – Health Systems Management

    • 4243         Health Law and Policy
    • 4448         Clinical and Social Issues in Health Care

    ILCS – Italian

    • 3237          Italy Today

    JOUR – Journalism

    • 3002         Journalism Ethics
    • 3020         Journalism Law

    LING – Linguistics

    • 2850         Introduction to Sociolinguistics of the Deaf Community
    • 3610W      Language and Culture

    MGMT – Management

    • 3101          Managerial and Interpersonal Behavior
    • 3239         Managing a Diverse Workforce
    • 3245         Managerial Behavior in Cross-Cultural Settings

    MKTG – Marketing

    • 3208        Consumer Behavior
    • 3260        Marketing Research

    NRE – Natural Resources and the Environment

    • 2600        Global Sustainable Resources
    • 3245         Environmental Law
    • 3246         Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
    • 4170          Climate-Human-Ecosystem Interactions

    NUSC – Nutritional Sciences

    • 2200         Nutrition and Human Development
    • 3230         Community Nutrition

    PHIL – Philosophy

    • 2215          Ethics
    • 2215W      Ethics
    • 2217          Social and Political Philosophy
    • 3216          Environmental Ethics
    • 3216W      Environmental Ethics
    • 3218          Feminist Theory
    • 3219          Topics in Philosophy and Human Rights
    • 3220         Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights
    • 3226         Philosophy of Law
    • 3231         Philosophy of Religion
    • 3247         Philosophy of Psychology
    • 3247W     Philosophy of Psychology
    • 3263        Oriental Philosophy and Religion
    • 3264        Classical Chinese Philosophy and Culture

    SPAN – Spanish

    • 3201         Ibero-American Civilization and Culture
    • 3204         Language and Culture of U.S. Hispanics
    • 3206        Contemporary Spain
    • 3207        Women’s Studies in Spanish
    • 3208        Issues in Hispanic Thought
    • 3214         Topics in Hispanic Cultures

    How to Declare a Major

    1. Visit the CLAS Online Program Change website
    2. Log in with your NetID
    3. Follow the instructions to declare a major

    How to Declare a Double Major

    1. Fill out a Double Major Declaration Form
    2. Obtain approvals from the major advisor of both programs of study; contact a Sociology advisor for assistance
    3. Return completed form to CLAS Academic Services Center for a signature from the dean's designee

    Minor in Sociology

    Sociology is the perfect supplement to almost any major. Students will gain insight on how the world works around them and their place in it while sharpening their critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.


    • One of the following: 
      • SOCI 1001   Introduction to Sociology
      • SOCI 1251    Social Problems
      • SOCI 1501    Race, Class, and Gender
      • SOCI 1701    Society in Global Perspective

               Note – SOCI 1001W, 1251W, 1501W, and 1701W may also be used to satisfy this requirement

               Note – SOCI 3201 and 3251 require one of these courses as a prerequisite.

    • One of the following: 
      • SOCI 3201    Methods of Social Research
      • SOCI 3251     Social Theory
    •  Twelve additional credits in Sociology at the 2000+ level.
    • Other notes:
      1. A grade of “C” or better in each course is required to count it towards the minor. This is different from the major requirement, which is a “C” average in Sociology courses.
      2. Space is often limited in SOCI 3201 and 3251, so you should try to take them early.
      3. The minor will be listed on your transcript but not on your diploma.
      4. The University has the following general rules: “The same course may be used to meet both major and minor course requirements unless specifically stated otherwise in a major or minor. A maximum of 3 credits toward the minor may be transfer credits of courses equivalent to University of Connecticut courses. Substitutions are not possible for required courses in a minor.”

    How to Declare a Minor

    1. Visit the CLAS Online Program Change website
    2. Log in with your NetID
    3. Follow the instructions to declare a minor

    Academic Advising

    The Department of Sociology has a committed academic advisor that helps students select courses, find internships, and chart a course of study that’s just right for them.
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