Course Requirements, AY2023-2024
The curriculum has been carefully designed to provide students with instruction on essential aspects of the discipline: theory, research logic, methods, and real-world applications. To preserve its coherence, we discourage petitions to get out of taking a course requirement or to substitute a non-SOCI course for a required SOCI one.
Please plan ahead! Because several course requirements are offered concurrently, it will be difficult to take them all in one year without overloading.
1. Introduction to Sociology (choose one)
2. Sociological Theory (choose one)
3. Quantitative Methods (choose one)
4. Qualitative Methods (choose one)
5. Logic of Social Inquiry (choose one)
6. Four courses in sociology
7. BA project (optional)
It is strongly recommended that the requirements be taken in the following sequence: (1) Intro, (2) Theory, (3) the two methods courses, (4) Logic, and (5) the BA project (seminar and paper), with the four electives taken throughout.
Complete this checklist of requirements. It must be submitted for inspection in order to graduate as a sociology major.
Qualifying Courses, AY 2023-24
1. Introductory courses
- SOCI 20002. Society, Power, and Change (Autumn)
- SOCI 20000. Invitation to Sociology (Spring)
- SOCI 20295. Morrissey’s America: Contemporary Social Problems (Spring)
- SOCI 20104. Urban Structure and Process (Spring)
- Any theory course (in addition to the one taken to fulfill the Theory requirement)
2. Sociological theory courses
- SOCI 20005. Sociological Theory (Winter)
- SOCI 20576. Social Theory for the Digital Age (Spring)
- SOCI 20591. Introduction to Critical Social Theory (Spring)
3. Quantitative Methods
- SOCI 20004. Statistical Methods of Research 1 (Winter)
- SOCI 20567. Intro to Computational Sociology (Winter)
4. Qualitative Methods
- SOCI 20140. Qualitative Field Methods (Spring)
- SOCI 20508. Working with Found Data: Library/Internet Research (Autumn)
- SOCI 20523. Digital Media and Social Life (Winter)
- SOCI 20547. Involved Interviewing (Autumn and Winter) – third and fourth years only
- SOCI 20548. Coding (Winter and Spring) – instructor consent required
- SOCI 20568. Historical Methods in the Social Sciences (Spring)
5. Logic of Social Inquiry
- SOCI 20575. Logic of Social Inquiry (Winter)
6. Four courses in sociology
- These electives can be satisfied by taking any course in the major, including cross-listed ones—i.e., they must have a course number prefaced by SOCI.
7. BA Project (optional)
- Students pursuing this option must register for the BA Seminar and BA Project in their fourth year. They should have fulfilled their Methods and Logic requirements beforehand—no later than the Autumn quarter of their fourth year.
- SOCI 29998. BA Seminar
o This course is taken throughout the senior year. Students should register for it in the Autumn quarter and take it all three quarters (Autumn, Winter, and Spring). They will receive their course grade in the Spring. See description below.
o The BA Seminar typically has three sections: two sections for students writing BA theses and one section for students doing internships/apprenticeships.
- SOCI 29999. BA Project
o This is not a course but simply an entry on the student’s transcript reflecting their BA project grade. Students should register for SOCI 9999 in the spring of their senior year (or final quarter in the College).
See course descriptions here.
BA Project Guidelines
The BA project is optional. Students traditionally write an academic thesis for their projects, but now they have the option to complete an internship or apprenticeship.
Track 1: Thesis
Here students complete a 30-40 pp. paper based on substantial research. We recommend this track for most students and especially those pursuing academic or research-based professions.
Their research efforts are structured by the BA Seminar. Students should enroll for the seminar in the Autumn quarter of their fourth year and take it all three quarters. They will receive their course grade at the end of the Spring quarter.
Students will need to secure a faculty advisor from within the Sociology department.
Ideally, students will have taken the relevant methods course before taking the BA seminar—i.e., if planning to conduct qualitative research for their thesis, they will have already completed the Qualitative Methods requirement.
Ideally, students will have started doing research in the summer before their fourth year. In order to prepare them to do so, the Director of Undergraduate Studies will hold a meeting in the spring quarter for all sociology third years interested in pursuing a BA project.
Track 2: Internship/Apprenticeship
Students may complete a BA project in the form of an internship in an organization or an apprenticeship with professionals in various fields. They may work in non-profits or government agencies or apprentice with policymakers, journalists, lawyers, doctors, artists, investors, and others. The goal of this track is to get students to think about these endeavors sociologically. To this end, they will be required to produce a review of the “literature” on their chosen field or organization, a series of sociologically minded reflection papers, and a final report considering their activities from a sociological perspective.
- Students pursuing this track must take the BA Seminar. They will be grouped into a particular section.
- They must obtain two advisors: a faculty advisor from within the Sociology department and someone to advise their internship or apprenticeship from within their chosen organization or field.
- Their internship/apprenticeship will last for a period of six months, typically beginning in mid-October and ending in late April.
- Students may enroll for the BA Seminar without having secured an internship/apprenticeship, but they should have a good idea of the organization or field they want to work in. The first month of the seminar will be devoted to securing an internship/apprenticeship.
- For more information, see the BA seminar/internship curriculum and sample syllabus.
- We encourage students interested in pursuing this track to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Marco Garrido firstname.lastname@example.org, and the BA Seminar preceptor handling internships, Pranathi Diwakar email@example.com, by the spring of their third year.
Students will receive two grades on their transcript for the BA project, one for the BA seminar (SOCI 9998) and another for the project itself (SOCI 9999).
To attain honors in the major students will need to meet all four conditions: (1) a GPA of 3.25 in the college, (2) a GPA of 3.5 in the major, (3) completing a BA project, and (4) their advisor’s determination that the project merits Honors.
We are able to make available 7 small grants of $1,000 each to students conducting research associated with their BA project during the summer months. Students will complete a brief application in the Spring quarter of their third year. Their preceptors will recommend a set of applications to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The DUS will review the applications and determine which merit funding. Students may also apply to the Dean’s Fund for research funding: https://college.uchicago.edu/student-life/deans-fund.
For substantive questions contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Marco Garrido firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also save your questions for the quarterly town halls (pizza with the DUS!). For administrative matters, email Pat Princell email@example.com.