If you are actively concerned about the world you live in and want to do something constructive and useful in it—whether in law, business, education, medicine, urban or rural planning—sociology provides our best means for understanding how "the system" works. Whether you want to change society radically, modify it, preserve it as it is, or restore it to a bygone era, you must first understand what the structure of system is, how social order is maintained, and how social change can be affected. Sociology can give you some of that knowledge and can further help you acquire the analytic tools to develop it on your own.
Sociology majors generally leave with solid research skills, people skills, and presentation skills, which helps prepares them for many fields of work. Some of our students go on to get PhDs in sociology or related fields, many work in human service agencies, or go on to masters in social work programs or law school.
Requirements for students who enrolled at UVM in Fall 2017 or later:
- Soc 001
- Stat 051 (or higher)
- Soc 100 (a 4-credit course)
- Soc 101
- Nine additional credits at the 100-level
- Nine additional credits at the 200-level
- Three additional credits at any level
Only three credit hours of TA (188/288) may count toward the major. At least three of the 200 level credits must come from courses 202-281 or 295-296.
Get the current major requirements worksheet (PDF).View the past major requirements worksheet (PDF).