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Academics: Major

Sociology Major (33 semester hours)

The major in sociology at Calvin is designed to give you a broad understanding of important issues and research methods in sociology while also giving you the flexibility to learn more about topics that interest you.

Admissions requirements

To be admitted to the major program in sociology, a student must complete Sociology 151 with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

Program requirements

The following five courses are required for all sociology majors:

Sociology 151 - Sociological Principles and Perspectives
Sociology 255 - Social Science Statistics
Sociology 318 - Sociological Theory
Sociology 320 - Social Research
Sociology 395 - Sociology Integrative Seminar

In addition to these five courses, you must choose six elective courses from sociology offerings to complete your major.

Note: If you attend the Chicago Metropolitan Center as part of the Chicago Semester program, you may apply some of your courses toward your major in sociology.

Internship opportunities

Enroll in the fall semester course, Sociology 380: Internship in Sociology, to gain practical experience in sociological practice or research. You will be placed in local business or non-profit organization and work eight hours per week under the direction of an on-site supervisor. You will also participate in a regular seminar with other students enrolled in the course and present a project on your internship work.

Honors

To graduate with honors in sociology, you must apply to the honors program and must meet the following criteria:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 within the major as well as overall and a total of six honors courses (18 hours minimum) overall, including at least three honors courses outside the major;
  2. At least three honors courses within Sociology;
  3. Completion of an honors thesis in Sociology 395, including a public presentation of results whenever appropriate;
  4. Honors students are encouraged to participate in department seminars and colloquia, when appropriate.

To learn more, contact the department's honors advisor Todd Vanden Berg.