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Sociology

Robert Kaufman, Chair
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robert.kaufman@temple.edu

Anne Shlay, Undergraduate Chair
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www.temple.edu/sociology

Undergraduate majors can complete the general Major in Sociology or specialize in the Health Track in Sociology.  The sociology department offers three programs for non-majors: a minor in sociology, a minor in the sociology of health, and a certificate in health research. 

Sociology is the study of human behavior in the context of the groups, organizations, institutions, and societies in which it occurs.  The sociology department offers courses covering a wide range of topics, including: contemporary social issues, race and racism, sexuality and gender, health and health care, education, urban life, organizations, family, political life, law, international development and globalization.  The sociological perspective pays close attention to diversity in culture, values, and human experience.

Majoring in sociology prepares students for many careers and graduate programs by providing both a broad sociological perspective and specific research, statistical and analytic skills.  Students gain experience in fieldwork and interviewing; they develop, administer and analyze surveys and statistics; and they write research reports.  Sociology provides an excellent background for students planning to begin their careers upon graduation as well as those planning to pursue graduate education.  Recent graduates have gone to work and graduate school in the areas of law, medicine, business, non-profits, community planning, social work, market research, and education.  Students who are interested in a career in the health field can pursue a special sociology major focused on health-related coursework.  The Health Track in Sociology prepares students for graduate studies in leading medical, dental, nursing, public health, and physical and occupational therapy programs as well as graduate programs in sociology and related fields. 

Student Organizations

Sociology majors are invited to participate in the Sociology Undergraduate Majors and Minors Association (SUMMA), which hosts academic, community service, and social events throughout the year.  The department sponsors the Annual Student Research Conference in which students can present their work.

Awards

Awards available to sociology majors include the Robert K. Merton Award, the Sociology Prize, the Benjamin and Irma Robboy Award, and the Othella Vaughn Award.

Distinction in the Major

To receive Distinction in the Major, a student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all sociology courses and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.25.

 

Summary of Degree Requirements

1. University Requirements:

  • Math 0701 (4sh) and/or English 0701 (4sh), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. Sociology 3396 and 4096 fulfill this requirement for this major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). Of that, 6 credits must be outside the student's major division (e.g. Social Sciences or Humanities).
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all College of Liberal Arts coursework and in the major

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
  • A second General Education World Society course;
  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Options: Sociology or Health Track in Sociology (42 s.h.)

Sociology Major Requirements: 

  • Eleven courses in Sociology
  • Specifically required courses: Sociology 3201, 3396, 3261, & 4096
  • Sociology 4001 OR 4002
  • Sociology electives:
    • One course numbered below 3000 (except Sociology 1167)
    • One course at any level
    • One course numbered 2000 or higher
    • Three courses numbered 3000 or higher
  • Two courses at the 2000 level or higher selected from cognate disciplines (see listing below)

Health Track in the Sociology Major Requirements:

  • Eleven courses in Sociology
  • Specifically required courses: Sociology 3201, 3396, 3261, & 4096
  • Sociology 4001 OR 4002
  • Sociology electives:
    • One course at any level
    • One course numbered below 3000 (except Sociology 1167)
    • One 2000 level course selected from Sociology 2522, 2530, 2552, 2553, 2572
    • Two courses at the 3000 level selected from Sociology 3511, 3521, 3530, 3546, 3559, 3582
    • One course at the 3000 level in Sociology
  • Two health-related courses in cognate disciplines selected in consultation with a faculty advisor

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

Requirements for the Major in Sociology

The major requires a minimum of eleven Sociology courses, including a sequence of research methods courses, a sociological theory course, the writing capstone, and six electives at various levels.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology elective One course numbered below 3000 (except for 1167)** 3  
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology*** 4  
Sociology 3396 Development of Sociological Thought 3 WI
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods*** 4  
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar* 3 WI
Sociology elective One course at any level 3  
Sociology elective One course at the 2000 level or above 3  
Sociology electives Three courses at the 3000 level or above 9  
Social Science electives Two cognate courses at the 2000+ level selected from the following:
African American Studies, Anthropology, American Studies, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography & Urban Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Women's Studies
6  
         
Select one Advanced Methods course: 4  
Sociology 4001

4002
Qualitative Research^
     or
Data Analysis^
   
         
Total     42  
     
*Indicates writing capstone for major.
**Prerequisite for courses numbered 3000+
***Students must take 3201 prior to or concurrently with 3261.
^Students must complete 3201 and 3261 before taking either of the advanced methods courses, 4001 or 4002.

 

Requirements for the Health Track in Sociology

The health track in Sociology requires a minimum of eleven Sociology courses, including a sequence of research methods courses, a sociological theory course, the writing capstone, and six electives at various levels.  For Health Track majors, one 2000-level elective and two 3000-level electives designated as health-related Sociology electives must be taken.  Additionally, two 2000+-level electives from outside Sociology and designated as health-related electives must be taken. All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed below and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology elective One course numbered below 3000 (except for 1167)** 3  
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology*** 4  
Sociology 3396 Development of Sociological Thought 3 WI
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods*** 4  
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar* 3 WI
Sociology   One course at any level 3  
Sociology electives One course at the 2000 level 3  
Sociology electives Three courses at the 3000 level 9  
         
Health-related courses:
Select one of the following health-related electives to fulfill the above 2000-level requirement:
Sociology 2522 Sociology of Self    
Sociology 2530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 2552 Health and Disease in American Society    
Sociology 2553 Sociology of Aging    
Sociology 2572 Sex & Society    
Select two of the following health-related electives to fulfill part of the above 3000-level requirement:
Sociology 3511 Sociology of the Environment    
Sociology 3521 International Health    
Sociology 3530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3546 Sexuality and Gender    
Sociology 3559 Health and Reproduction    
Sociology 3582 Independent Study in Medical Sociology    
         
Health-Related Cognate Courses: 6  
Electives 2000+ Two health-related courses. See advisor for approved list.    
         
Select one Advanced Methods course: 4  
Sociology 4001

4002
Qualitative Research ^
     or
Data Analysis ^
   
         
Total     42  
         
*Indicates writing capstone for major
**Prerequisite for courses numbered 3000+
***Students must take 3201 prior to or concurrently with 3261.
^ Students must complete 3201 and 3261 before taking either of the advanced methods courses, 4001 or 4002.

 

Requirements for the Minor in Sociology

The minor in sociology requires a minimum of six courses.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology elective One course below the 3000 level except for Sociology 1167 3  
Sociology   One course at any level 3  
Sociology   One course at the 2000 level or above 3  
Sociology   Three courses at the 3000 level or above 9  
Minor Total     18  

Requirements for the Minor in the Sociology of Health

The minor in the sociology of health requires a minimum of six courses, three of which are health-related.  This program is not open to Sociology majors or Health Track in Sociology majors.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology elective One course below the 3000 level except Sociology 1167 3  
Sociology   One course at any level 3  
Sociology   One course at the 2000 level or above 3  
Sociology   Three courses at the 3000 level or above 9-10  
         
Health-related courses - Select three as part of the above requirements:
Sociology 2522 Sociology of Self    
Sociology 2530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 2552 Health and Disease in American Society    
Sociology 2553 Sociology of Aging    
Sociology 2572 Sex & Society    
Sociology 3511 Sociology of the Environment    
Sociology 3521 International Health    
Sociology 3530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3546 Sexuality and Gender    
Sociology 3559 Health and Reproduction    
Sociology 3582 Independent Study in Medical Sociology    
         
Minor Total     18-19  

Requirements for the Certificate in Health Research

The certificate in health research requires five courses, including a health-related sequence and research methods. This program is not open to Sociology majors or Health Track in Sociology majors.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 2552 Health & Disease in American Society 3  
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology* 4  
Sociology 3261 Research Design & Methods* 4  
         
Select one from the following list: 4  
Sociology 4001 Qualitative Research**    
Sociology 4002 Data Analysis**    
         
Health-related courses - Select one: 3-4  
Sociology 2522 Sociology of Self    
Sociology 2530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 2553 Sociology of Aging    
Sociology 2572 Sex & Society    
Sociology 3511 Sociology of the Environment    
Sociology 3521 International Health    
Sociology 3530 Selected Topics in Medical Sociology    
Sociology 3546 Sexuality & Gender    
Sociology 3559 Health & Reproduction    
Sociology 3582 Independent Study in Medical Sociology    
         
Certificate Total     18-19  
*Students must take 3201 prior to or concurrently with 3261.
**Students must complete 3201 and 3261 before taking either of the advanced methods courses, 4001 or 4002. 

 

 


 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester plan for the Sociology Major

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Sociology 0800-2999* One course numbered below 3000 (except for 1167) 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd World Society course or
an Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Sociology 0800+ One Sociology Course at Any Level 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology 4  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      16-17  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Sociology 3396
Development of Sociological Thought 3 WI
Sociology 2000+ One 2000+ Sociology Course 3  
Social Science 2000+ One 2000+ Cognate Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods 4  
Sociology 3000+ One 3000+ Sociology Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 4001/4002** Qualitative Research/Data Analysis 4  
Sociology 3000+ One 3000+ Sociology Course 3  
Social Science 2000+ One 2000+ Cognate Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar 3 WI
Sociology 3000+ One 3000+ Sociology Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2-3  
Subtotal      14-15  
         
Degree Total   123  
*Please check prerequisites for all Sociology courses.
**Sociology 4001 is only offered in the spring and 4002 only in the fall.
See advisor for course selection.

 

 


 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester plan for the Health Track in Sociology

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Sociology 0800-2999* One course numbered below 3000 (except for 1167) 3  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd World Society course or
an Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Sociology 0800+ One Sociology Course at Any Level 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
Sociology 3201 Statistical Methods in Sociology 4 QB
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      16-17  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Sociology 3396
Development of Sociological Thought 3 WI
Sociology 2000-2999 One 2000-Level Health-Related Sociology Course
3  
Elective 2000+ One 2000+ Health-Related Cognate Course From Approved List
3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Sociology 3261 Research Design and Methods 4  
Sociology 3000-3999 One 3000-Level Health-Related Sociology Course
3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 4001/4002** Qualitative Research/Data Analysis 4  
Sociology 3000-3999 One 3000-Level Health-Related Sociology Course
3  
Elective 2000+ One 2000+ Health-Related Cognate Course from Approved List
3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Sociology 4096 Senior Seminar 3 WI
Sociology 3000-3999 One 3000-Level Sociology Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2-3  
Subtotal      14-15  
         
Degree Total   123  
*Please check prerequisites for all Sociology courses.
**Sociology 4001 is only offered in the spring and 4002 only in the fall.
See advisor for course selection.

 

 

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