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The major prepares students for graduate work in sociology as well as in other disciplines; for professional schools (law, business, social work, journalism, urban planning); and for all occupations requiring general knowledge of society and social interaction as well as basic skills of social research.

A minimum of 10 courses is required for the major, including:

  • SOCI BC 1003 or W 1000  Introductory Sociology or The Social World
  • SOCI W 3000 Social Theory
  • SOCI W 3010 Methods for Social Research (no later than the junior year)
  • SOCI BC 3087–BC 3088 Individual Projects for Seniors
  • and at least 5 other electives selected in consultation with the major advisor. These courses may be taken at Barnard or Columbia. A minimum of three of the elective courses must be at the 3000 or 4000 level, including one seminar at the 3900 level. To graduate, a student must complete, to the satisfaction of her instructor in SOCI BC 3087-3088, a thesis involving some form of original sociological research and analysis.

The department strongly recommends that Sociology majors take SOCI W 3020 (Social Statistics) or SOCI BC 3211 (Quantitative Methods) to fulfill their GER in Quantitative & Deductive Reasoning.


Five courses are required for the minor in Sociology, including SOCI BC 1003 or SOCI W 1000 and four courses to be selected in consultation with the Sociology adviser.

There are no special admissions requirements or procedures for students interested in becoming a sociology major. Students (majors and non-majors) are encouraged to consult with members of the department regarding their choice and sequence of courses.