The general major in sociology requires that students take eight courses, no more than two of which may be at the 100-level in the department and no more than one of which may be an anthropology course. Requirements are as follows:

  • Two sociology core courses: SOCI 208 Methods of Social Research or SOCI 209 Analyzing the Social World, and either SOCI 211 Classical Sociological Theory, or SOCI 212 Contemporary Sociological Theory. The department strongly recommends that core courses be taken as early as possible in a student’s career in the major. Students should take at least one sociology course at the 100 or 200 level before taking SOCI 208 Methods of Social Research. SOCI 208 is not intended for first-year students or first-semester sophomores.

  • Two courses in sociology at the 300 or 400 level, at least one of which is a seminar. 

  • Four other courses in sociology, or three courses in sociology and one in anthropology. Courses that are crosslisted as sociology and anthropology courses count as sociology courses and still allow sociology majors to take one course designated solely as an anthropology course. Students may elect to have GEOG 210 The Urban Condition count towards a major in sociology.

With the exception of Bucknell-sponsored programs like Bucknell en France, Bucknell in Barbados, Bucknell in London, or Bucknell in Northern Ireland, courses taken off campus normally may not substitute for one of the core course requirements or for the two 300- or 400-level seminar courses. The department chair may allow an exception if provided with clear information about the character and quality of off-campus courses and if these courses adequately substitute for material that would be taught on campus. No more than two off-campus courses are ordinarily counted toward the major.

The Culminating Experience (CE) requirement will be provided for general majors in the two courses taken at the 300 and 400 level.  Students in the three concentrations will satisfy the CE requirement by taking the specific 300 or 400 level courses required in their concentrations.  Honors theses and supervised independent study readings or research would also meet the CE requirement.



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