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Major in Sociology

Planning to major in sociology? First, consult our director of undergraduate studies as early as possible for initial advisement on the major and to be assigned a faculty advisor. After that, you will visit your faculty advisor each semester until all major requirements have been completed.

The major requires 36 hours of course work and six courses are required: Introductory Sociology (SOC 108), Sociological Theory (SOC 301), Statistics (SOC 308), and Research Methods (SOC 312), as well as two additional 400 level courses in sociology, approved by your advisor. To graduate with a major in sociology you must also meet all the University Core Curriculum requirements and the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts.

Finally, a required experience in your senior year is also required and can help you to hone and apply the skills you have learned in your courses. For this capstone experience you have two options. First, you may take our Senior Seminar, which actively engages students in the pursuit of a particular line of social inquairy. The second option is to work independently with a faculty member to design and carry out a research project.

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Minor in Sociology

A minor in sociology is a valuable tool to understand our social world as well as add to any current major. Our minor consists of a minimum of 15 hours, including Introductory Sociology (SOC 108) and at least three more 300- or 400-level sociology courses at SIU Carbondale. Just remember, no more than six hours of Sociology Core Curriculum courses, including Sociology 108, may count toward both the University Core Curriculum requirements and the sociology minor.

Honors Program

The department offers an honors program for academically outstanding sociology majors. Qualifications for acceptance into this program are: (1) an overall grade point average of at least 3.00; and (1) completion of 8 hours in sociology courses with a grade point average of at least 3.25 in all sociology courses taken at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and the completion of no fewer than six, nor more than fourteen, semester hours in research or independent study which are counted toward the major. Successful completion of the department’s honors program is noted on your academic record and on your diploma. For details, qualified students interested in this program should consult our director of undergraduate studies.

Internships in Sociology

Internships are open to sociology majors with junior standing and a GPA of 2.5 or above. They are intended to give students practical and sociologically relevant work experience, allowing them to try out a field in which they might wish to work upon graduation. Internships require a minimum of 120 hours of unpaid work with an organization or business approved by the Internship Coordinator. Students are asked to keep journals of their sociologically-relevant experiences with the organization; make presentations about their experiences to sociology classes; and write a paper that integrates their experience with their coursework. Interns have worked for a State Senator, the Carbondale Women’s Center, the Illinois Education Association, the First Circuit Court’s Probation Department, Catholic Family Services, and the Illinois Department of Corrections, among others.


Sociology offers valuable skills in a variety of fields, including management, public relations, data analysis, and interpersonal communications. Do you have questions about careers in Sociology? We’re here to help. Consult your undergraduate advisor, or make an appointment with a Sociology Faculty member.

Graduate School

Our students attend prestigious graduate schools across the country, including Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University, and some even make the choice to stay at SIU Carbondale! Do you have questions about preparing and applying to graduate school? We’re here to help. Consult your undergraduate advisor, or make an appointment with a Sociology faculty member.

Transfer Students

Credits for some sociology courses taken at community colleges are transferable. Students should have their sociology credits evaluated by our director of undergraduate studies at the earliest opportunity. Remember, at least 20 hours of sociology credit must be earned at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the two 400-level courses must be taken at a senior level institution and Sociology 497 or 498 must be taken at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is done by the College of Liberal Arts. Schedule an appointment for academic advising about the requirements for the Sociology major, minor and general requirements.