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Majors and Minors

A student declaring a Sociology major/minor should meet with the Sociology Academic Advisor at least once a year to update their major/minor plan, to review progress toward the degree, and to consult about course selection (including areas of concentration or certificates), scholarships, and careers or post-graduate education. Please contact/visit the Kaitlin Ferris, Advising Center at 107 Oldfather Hall for assistance, or contact the Undergraduate Program Chair (Dr. Werum).

To view the current requirements for graduating with majors or minors in the Sociology department, use the links below to the visit the Undergraduate Catalog major pages. Remember: you are assigned a bulletin year when you enroll at the University of Nebraska. To view previous years' bulletins, go to the Bulletin Rules page.

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Complete details about the requirements for the Sociology major and minor, our 5 Sociology in Focus areas, internship and research opportunities, courses, and student resources are available in the Undergraduate Handbook (below).

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Majoring in Sociology? Make sure you meet with the Department of Sociology's Academic Advisor, Kaitlin Ferris, at least once a year to plan your degree and discuss courses, concentrations, scholarships, post-graduate education, and careers.



Program Requirements

Majoring in Sociology

All students take courses to fulfill the CAS distribution requirements and the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements, which are outlined for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the Undergraduate Handbook. Students majoring in sociology are required to complete 30 credit hours in sociology courses.

Required Courses:

  • Sociology 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 205 Introduction to Social Research Methods
  • Sociology 206 Introduction to Social Statistics
  • Sociology 355 Sociological Theory

And One Of The Following:

  • Sociology 310a & 310b Applied Sociology: Community-based Research I & II
  • Sociology 396 Research Experience (by permission only)
  • Sociology 399H Honors: Advanced Readings (by permission only)
  • Sociology 495 Senior Seminar

At least 15 of the 33 hours must be at the upper-division level (300 or 400 level), and at least 2 of these courses (6 hours) must be taken at the 400 level. Some prerequisites apply, please check the UNL Undergraduate Course Catalogue for details.

Per institutional rules, students must earn at least a “C” to satisfy the requirements. Requirements may vary slightly in different years. Be sure to check the UNL Undergraduate Course Catalogue for the year applicable to your graduation. Students may select the catalogue year that corresponds either with the year that they entered UNL or declared a major as the year governing their program.

Academic Advisor, Kaitlin Ferris, is available to answer any questions about the Sociology major or minor. Majors are encouraged to visit with the advisor at least once every semester.

Minoring in Sociology

A minor in Sociology can complement many other degree programs, such as psychology, political science, business, education, pre-health, and pre-law. To minor in Sociology, students must take 18 credit hours of sociology, including SOCI 101 and must enroll in those courses for a grade. You can talk with an advisor about how to create a Sociology minor that works with your career goals.