Jun 27, 2022
The major consists of a minimum of 9.5 full courses (or the equivalent).
Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the major.
View the catalog page for the Sociology Department.
Summary of Requirements
- Only one introductory course may apply to the major.
- A first-year seminar offered by a sociology faculty member counts toward the major but is not considered a substitute for an introductory course.
- The statistics course must be taken previously to or concurrently with SOCI 301 /SOCI 302 .
Off-Campus Programs for Credit
Students are encouraged to broaden their educational experience by taking advantage of off-campus programs, preferably sometime during their junior year. A maximum of three outside courses may be applied toward the major and require prior approval of the department. Sociology majors may find the GLCA Philadelphia Center study away program of particular interest.
Transfer of Credit
Students who transfer sociology courses taken at other institutions may, with the approval of the department, apply certain of such courses toward the major. No more than three outside courses may be counted towards major requirements. No transfer courses will substitute for the required SOCI 301 , SOCI 302 , and SOCI 303 which must be completed at Oberlin College. The transfer of credits may be subject to the transfer of credit fee. Requests to transfer courses taken at other institutions are evaluated on an individual basis.
The department invites a number of qualified majors to apply to participate in the Honors Program by submitting a written proposal to the department chair in the second semester of their junior year. To be eligible, students must have completed SOCI 301 and SOCI 302 by the end of their junior year. Students are not formally accepted into the Honors Program until the research proposal is approved by the department. The level of Honors is determined by the thesis grade, assessment of oral presentation of the project, and major GPA.
Sociology Major Course Lists
Sociology Elective Courses
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- AAST 378 - Sociology of the African American Community
- FYSP 118 - Through the Looking Glass: Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender with Social Class in America
- FYSP 191 - Muslim Oral Culture: Persian Poetry in Translation, Music and Calligraphy
- GSFS 203 - Sociology of Sexuality
- GSFS 339 - Prostitution and Social Control: Governing Loose Women
- POLT 214 - Social and Political Change in Eastern Europe
- SOCI 203 - Sociology of Sexuality
- SOCI 214 - Social Movements
- SOCI 215 - Race, Immigration, and the Asian American Experience
- SOCI 216 - Medical Sociology
- SOCI 224 - Sociology of Sport
- SOCI 230 - Social Change and Political Transformation in Eastern Europe
- SOCI 241 - American Urbanism
- SOCI 250 - Sociology of Popular Culture
- SOCI 254 - Political Sociology
- SOCI 275 - Enacting the Law
- SOCI 277 - Race and Ethnic Relations
- SOCI 284 - Environmental Sociology
- SOCI 314 - Unequal Educations
- SOCI 326 - Autoethnography and the Life Course
- SOCI 338 - Prostitution and Social Control: Governing Loose Women
- SOCI 340 - Nationalism, Culture & Politics Under & After Dictatorship: Spain and Yugoslavia in the 20th Century
- SOCI 348 - Constructing Immigrant Communities
- SOCI 386 - Nightlife: Place, Identity, and Feeling Alive
- SOCI 390 - Practicum In Community Learning
- SOCI 391H - Practicum - Half
- SOCI 420 - Social Inequalities: Class, Race, and Gender
- SOCI 426 - Alcohol and Culture: Social Control Under the Influence
- SOCI 431 - Communism and Intellectuals: From Utopia to Disillusionment
- SOCI 438 - Seminar: Coal, Communities and Culture
- SOCI 491F - Senior Honors - Full
- SOCI 491H - Senior Honors - Half
- SOCI 499 - Advanced Research Methods
- SOCI 995H - Private Reading - Half
- STAT 113 - Introduction to Statistics
- STAT 114 - Introduction to Biostatistics
- STAT 213 - Statistical Modeling