Requirements for Majors

**Please note, only new majors (sophomores) qualify for the new program.

Curriculum Requirements:
Changes to the requirements are applicable to students who declared in Spring 2014 and onwards.

Prior Requirements PDF

The Major in Sociology –  30-31 points

Required: 3 courses, 10 points: SOCI W1000 The Social World (3 points);
SOCI W3000 Social Theory (3 points);
SOCI W3010 Methods for Social Research (4 points).

Electives: 6 courses (20-21 points) in the department of sociology, to include at least 3 lecture courses (2000 or 3000 level, 3 points each) and at least 2 seminars (4 points each). The 6th course could be either a lecture course (to a total of 30 points) or a seminar (to a total of 31 points).  For students taking the 2-semester Senior Seminar, the sixth course must be a seminar.

Senior Seminar - application required. Download the application here:  PDF

Checklist

The Concentration in Sociology –  20 points

Required: 3 courses, 10 points: SOCI W1000 The Social World (3 points); SOCI W3000 Social Theory (3 points); SOCI W3010 Methods for Social Research (4 points).

Electives: 10 points in the Department of Sociology:  3 courses to include 1 seminar.

 

Departmental Honors

To qualify for the Senior Seminar and Departmental Honors majors must have a minimum GPA of 3.6 overall and 3.8 in courses in the Department of Sociology. In addition, students must produce an honors-quality thesis in the two-semester Senior Seminar (SOCI W3995-SOCI W3996 ).

In order to register for the Senior Seminar, students must have completed SOCI W3010 Methods for Social Research and have had their research project accepted by the faculty member teaching the Senior Seminar. Submissions of research projects are due by May 1 preceding the seminar. Normally no more than 10% of graduating majors in the department receive departmental honors each year.

 

Credit for Barnard College Courses

The Columbia sociology department has a cooperative relationship with Barnard Sociology. Courses taken at Barnard are considered fully equivalent for purposes of the major. So, for instance, W3000 (Theory) and W3010 (Methods) taken at Barnard fulfill Columbia requirements. Similarly, lecture and seminar courses (i.e. BC39##) can fill electives. There is no limit on the number of courses that may be taken at Barnard.