Undergraduate Declaration Forms

Major in Sociology

Undergraduate Sociology Major Checklist Form

The sociology major consists of nine 4-point courses (36 points). Students majoring in sociology must fulfill the following requirements:

  • One introductory course chosen from the following
    • Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1)
    • Introduction to Sociology: Honors (SOC-UA 2)
    • Great Books in Sociology (SOC-UA 3)
  • Research Methods (SOC-UA 301)
  • Statistics for Social Research (SOC-UA 302), or Advanced Placement (AP) credit in Statistics
  • Sociological Theory (SOC-UA 111)
  • Two advanced seminars chosen from: SOC-UA 934, 936, 937, 938. When offered, Research Practicum in Qualitative Methods (SOC-UA 801) may substitute for one of the seminars.
  • Three SOC-UA electives

Students must earn grades of C or better in their major courses. Of the nine courses required for the major, transfer students must take at least five (20 points) here in the College of Arts and Science.


Minor in Sociology

Sociology Department Declaration of Sociology Minor Form

The Sociology minor consists of four 4-point courses (16 points): one introductory course (as above), plus three other courses in sociology. Students must earn grades of C or better in their minor courses.

Of the four courses required for the minor, transfer students must take at least two (8 points) here in the College of Arts and Science.

Major in Global Public Health/Sociology

Course Planning for Global Public Health/Sociology Form

The global public health/sociology major prepares students to study social structures and interactions through the lens of public health issues and principles. The major draws on the Department of Sociology's strength in theoretical creativity and substantive empirical research on important social issues. Students will study a variety of topics such as race, ethnicity, gender, immigration, wealth and poverty, family dynamics, and social policy. Global public health/sociology graduates may go on to a diverse array of careers in law, health, public administration, and social service, as well as further graduate study in sociology, public health, or other related disciplines.

This major requires fifteen 4-point courses (60 points) with a grade of C or better, as follows.

Global public health requirements (seven courses/28 points):

  • Health and Society in a Global Context (UGPH-GU 10)
  • Biostatistics for Public Health (UGPH-GU 20)
  • Epidemiology for Global Health (UGPH-GU 30)
  • Health Policy in a Global World (UGPH-GU 40)
  • Environmental Health in a Global World (UGPH-GU 50)
  • Undergraduate Global Public Health Internship (UGPH-GU 60)
  • One foreign language course past the intermediate two level (4 points). Students who present AP or other advanced standing credit that is equivalent to completion of at least one course above intermediate two have satisfied the requirement. Students who take an NYU language placement exam and demonstrate proficiency equivalent to completion of at least one course above the intermediate two level (i.e., they at least place into the second course above intermediate two) have also met this requirement.

Sociology requirements (four courses/16 points):

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC-UA 1)
  • Sociological Theory (SOC-UA 111)
  • Research Methods (SOC-UA 301)
  • Advanced  Seminar in Sociology (SOC-UA 934)

Sociology electives (two courses/8 points), to be chosen from:

  • Sex and Gender (SOC-UA 21)
  • Race and Ethnicity (SOC-UA 135)
  • Wealth, Power, Status: Inequality in Society (SOC-UA 137)
  • Social Policy in Modern Societies (SOC-UA 313)
  • Sociology of Medicine (SOC-UA 414)
  • The Family (SOC-UA 451)
  • Immigration (SOC-UA 452)
  • Cities, Communities, and Urban Life (SOC-UA 460)

Combined major electives (two courses/8 points):

  • Two courses chosen from sociology and/or GPH, by advisement.

Law and Society Minor

Law and Society Program Declaration of Law and Society Minor Form

The minor in law and society consists of five 4-point courses (20 points). The requirements are as follows:

  • One core course, chosen from:
    • Law and Society (LWSOC-UA 1, section 001), cross-listed with politics (POL-UA 335)
    • Law and Society (LWSOC-UA 1, section 002), cross-listed with sociology (SOC-UA 413)
  • One course in Research Methods (SOC-UA 301, or another methods course with approval of law and society director)
  • Three elective courses (see under course offerings for a list of approved electives). Students may petition the director to have other courses count toward the elective requirement.

Students who declared a minor in law and society prior to fall 2013 are not required to take Research Methods (SOC-UA 301); they may take a fourth elective instead.

Students who are majoring in sociology must take Research Methods for their major; they may also take a fourth elective instead.

With special permission, exceptional students may be allowed, in their senior year and in consultation with the director, to substitute one of the following for one of the three elective courses: (1) an independent study culminating in a research paper or project, (2) an apprenticeship with a faculty member doing relevant research (with permission of faculty), or (3) a relevant graduate course (with permission of faculty).

Courses applied to this minor cannot be double-counted toward a major or another minor. The pass/fail option is not acceptable for the law and society minor.

Please email Jamie Lloyd, jamie.lloyd@nyu.edu, Academic Administrator for the Department of Sociology, to declare a major or minor.