The Sociology major requires 50 credits, including the following:
Introductory Coursework (10 credits)
Soc 300: Foundations of Social Inquiry
Any other completed 5-credit course in Sociology
Social Science Statistics Course (5 credits)
SOC 211: Stability and Change in American Society
STAT 220, 290, 311 may be substituted for the SOC 211 requirement
Sociology Theory Course (5 credits)
SOC 316: Introduction to Sociological Theory (5 credits)
Advanced Sociology Coursework (20 credits)
This includes any of the 300 or 400-level courses
Students may also use 5 credits of practicum coursework toward this requirement.
SOC 395 and SOC 3xx/4xx may not be used.
Sociology Electives (10 credits)
This includes sociology coursework at any level. Maximum 5 credits total of SOC 399 or SOC 499.
The minimum grade required for an individual course to count toward the major is a 2.0. The minimum UW Sociology GPA requirement for graduation is 2.50.
For more information on major requirements, download the Sociology Major Requirements Checklist.
Required courses: SOC 221, 300, 316
Quarters offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
We encourage students to take required courses as soon as possible. Material covered in 300 and 400 level sociology courses will make more sense and provide a richer experience for students who have taken these courses.
Special Topics courses: SOC 201, 301, 401
Quarters offered: Vary by instructor and may only be offered once
Elective courses are highly dynamic and change from quarter to quarter. Summer quarter often features courses rarely available during the regular academic year; such as courses on Social Psychology, Medical Sociology, as well as unique Special Topics coursework.
Repeating a Required Sociology Course
If you have previously earned credit for SOC 221, 300, or 316 but your grade was below 2.0, you will need to retake the course to earn the grade necessary for the course to count toward the sociology major. However, students may only earn credit for a course once. In other words, unless you initially earned a 0.0, NS, or withdrawal (W) for the required course, retaking that course will not give you additional credits; you are repeating the class for an improved grade only.
- Complete the Petition to Repeat as soon as possible as it requires meeting with their former TA.
- Schedule an appointment at the Writing Center if you are petitioning to retake SOC 316.
- Schedule an appointment with an academic counselor to devise a plan for academic success.
- Once the petition has been approved, staff in the sociology advising office will register the student for the class they will be retaking.
SOC 221 is jointly listed with STAT 221 and CS&SS 221; this means the course is split/shared among three departments and a degree audit will recognize any one of the three as meeting the sociology statistics requirement. STAT 220 or STAT 311 are permitted alternatives to SOC/STAT/CS&SS 221. However, because of significant overlapping content among SOC/STAT/CS&SS 221, STAT 220, and STAT 311, a student may earn credit for only one of these courses. Retaking one of the statistics courses does not require a petition; students are able to register themselves but will not earn credit for the course.
Distance Learning Courses for the Final Year Residence Requirement
We frequently see students who are surprised to learn about the UW’s Final Year Residence Requirement – reprinted on students’ DARS – which states, “45 of the final 60 credits of a student's degree program must be UW residence credits.”
Residence credits are credits students earn from courses taken in a classroom on the UW-Seattle campus. Foreign study credit earned through UW-sponsored programs are also transcribed as UW residence credit. Check with the Study Abroad office if you are considering a Study Abroad program. Non-residence credits are all other types of credits! It is important to note that non-residence credits include UW distance-learning (DL-prefix) courses, as well as credits taken by UW-Seattle students at the UW Bothell and/or Tacoma campuses.
Current majors should schedule an appointment with a departmental advisor if they are considering taking DL courses in their final year or if they have questions about residence-credit policy.
The International Sociology Honors Society
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)
Not to be confused with Sociology’s departmental Honors program, Alpha Kappa Delta is the International Sociological Honors Society; eligibility for membership is based on GPA. AKD was founded in 1920 in order to acknowledge and promote scholastic excellence in the study of Sociology. Every Spring quarter, high performing Sociology majors who meet the appropriate requirements are invited to join the University of Washington’s Alpha Chapter of AKD. Membership in AKD is limited to the top 25% of Sociology majors, based on overall GPA and overall Sociology GPA. Invitations to prospective members are extended after Winter quarter grades have posted.
Applying to Graduate
The conferral of a UW Degree does not happen automatically after students complete all degree requirements – students need to file a graduation application with the Sociology Advising Office in order for their degree to be awarded. Degree applications are due no later than the third Friday in which the student plans to graduate but we recommend that students file 2 quarters in advance (e.g., Autumn quarter for a planned Spring graduation). This allows the students sufficient time to deal with any unexpected DARS issues and also means they can take advantage of Graduating Senior Priority (GSP) registration status for their final two quarters. GSP enables graduating seniors to register for courses the Friday before general registration begins.
For more information, see our Graduation page.