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2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog

Sociology


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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum number of credits required to complete the major: 33

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: At least a “C” in either ENG 201, or ENG 315, or ENG 317; at least a “C-” in a advanced methods course; at least a “C” in each of the Core Requirements except for SOC 101.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the major field that are credited toward the major.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: SOC 499 or three credits of SOC 493 or successful completion of an Honors College thesis 

Courses satisfying the writing intensive requirement within the major: SOC 290 and SOC 308

Residency Requirement: At least 15 credits of UM Courses (excluding SOC 101)

Contact Information: Amy Blackstone, Chair, 201A Fernald Hall, 581-2392, amy.blackstone@maine.edu


The requirements listed on this page are specific to this particular major. Students are also responsible for meeting any graduation requirements set out by their college. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) should make sure to review those requirements as stated on the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences  page of the catalog.

For more information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, program learning outcomes, internships, special resources and programs, and research and career opportunities, see our web site at https://umaine.edu/sociology/.

Core requirements (12 credits): (all core requirements except for SOC 101 must be passed with a “C” or better)

SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology  

SOC 290 - Research Methods in Sociology  

SOC 360 - Major Ideas in Sociology  

SOC 499 - Senior Capstone  

Sociology Electives (15 credits):  (At least 6 of the 15 credits must be 300 or 400-level Sociology courses). 

Advanced Methods Course (3 credits):  (One of the following courses must be passed with a grade of “C- or better)

SOC 219 - Statistical Reasoning in Sociology  

SOC 291 - Qualitative Reasoning in Sociology  

ANT 448 - Ethnography Through Film  

CMJ 402 - Communication Research  

PHI 103 - Methods of Reasoning  

PSY 241 - Statistics in Psychology  

STS 215 Introduction to Statistics for Business and Economics  

STS 232 - Principles of Statistical Inference  

STS 434 - Introduction to Statistics  

SWK 491 - Methods of Social Work Research  

WGS 205 - Introduction to Feminist and Critical Data Analysis  

Allowable Advanced Methods Courses on Other UMS Campuses:

USM’s SOC 301- Qualitative Research Methods

UMM’s ENV 226/326 - Undergraduate Research in Environmental Studies

UMPI’s SWK 410 - Social Work Research

UMF’s EPP 304 - Environmental GIS

English Proficiency (3 credits):   (Not required for Honors Students who complete the Honors Program’s four-semester Civilizations sequence.)

All Sociology majors must complete the English Proficiency requirement by the time they graduate.  ENG 201 - Strategies for Writing Across Contexts  or  ENG 315 - Research Writing in the Disciplines  or ENG 317 - Business and Technical Writing , fulfill this requirement (with a grade of “C” or better)

Transfer students declaring Sociology must take 15 credits of UM courses (excluding SOC 101 to acquire the BA in Sociology).

Sociology majors who complete an Honors College thesis are not required to take SOC 499-Senior Seminar.  If they choose not to take this course, they instead must take a substitute upper-level Sociology elective to ensure that they graduate with at least 27 Sociology credits.  This requirement of a substitute course shall take effect for students entering the university Fall 2017.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.A. in Sociology


First Year - First Semester 15 Credits


First Year - Second Semester 15 Credits


  • General Education Requirements Credits: 9
  • Electives Credits: 6

Second Year - First Semester 15 Credits


  • SOC 2XX Credits: 6
  • General Education Requirements Credits: 9

Second Year - Second Semester 15 Credits


Third Year - First Semester 15 Credits


Third Year - Second Semester 15 Credits


  • SOC 3XX or 4XX Electives Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 12

Fourth Year - First Semester 15 Credits


  • SOC 3XX or 4XX Electives Credits: 3
  • Electives Credits: 12

Fourth Year - Second Semester 15 Credits


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