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Degree Requirements 2021-2022

Sociology Major

Sociology has a long-standing tradition as an intellectually challenging undergraduate major that produces a sound foundation for a number of fields from human services to criminal justice to business to public service. The Sociology major at Augsburg provides a clearly organized curriculum that is intellectually engaging, develops concepts and theories over the course of the major, and builds a highly useful set of important skills including: abstract thinking, writing, critical analysis, research design, integration of theory, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, and the connection between of the individual and collective perspectives reflected in the sociological imagination. The five core courses intentionally develop those skills in our students. The electives allow students to focus on content areas and develop additional courses related to areas of career interest.

The major includes a total of 10 courses: five required core courses and five electives, at least three of which are upper division courses from the specified list below. Majors must have a C- or higher in each required core course (SOC 121, 362, 363, 485, and 490) to receive credit in the major, and at least a cumulative 2.00 GPA in courses counting toward the major.

Core courses (complete all five):

  • SOC 121 – Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 362 – Statistical Analysis
  • SOC 363 – Research Methods
  • SOC 485 – Sociological Theory
  • SOC 490 – Senior Seminar and Keystone

Five elective courses, at least three of which must be upper division:

  • Lower division elective options
    • SOC 111 – City Life: Introduction to Urban Sociology
    • SOC 231 – Family Systems: Cross Cultural Perspectives
    • SOC 240 – Protest and Social Change: The Sociology of Social Movements
    • SOC 265 – Race, Class and Gender
    • SOC 266 – Sociology of Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality
    • SOC 277 – Introduction to Criminology
    • SOC 290 – Cultures of Violence
    • SOC 299 – Directed Study
  • Upper division elective options (minimum of three required; SOC121 prerequisite)
    • SOC 320 – Sociology of Law
    • SOC 349 – Organizations and Society: Understanding Nonprofits and Corporations
    • SOC 375 – Social Psychology
    • SOC 377 – Organizational Crime and Deviance
    • SOC 380 – Disaster and Resilience
    • SOC 381 – City and Regional Planning
    • SOC 387 – Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 390 –  Social Problems Analysis
    • SOC 395 – Mental Illness and Society
    • SOC 399 – Internship
    • SOC 499 – Independent Study/Research

Please note that Directed Studies and Independent Studies with Sociology faculty must be taken for 4 credits in order to count as electives for the major.

Graduation Skills

The Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Speaking (S), and Writing (W) graduation skills are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major.

Transfer students must consult an advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements.

Interest Tracks

In order to focus preparation for careers and further study, the Department offers interest tracks within the major. These interest tracks are: City and Community; Crime and Deviance; Law; Organizations; and Social Psychology. Interest tracks guide majors in selecting elective courses in a way that tailors their sociological training, experiences and skills. Working with an advisor, Sociology majors can design a pathway through the major that directs them toward particular careers or graduate work in criminal justice, law, organizational development, public relations, social services, and urban studies.

Students who are interested in pursuing an interest track should discuss this with their advisor or the Sociology Department chair. A full description of each interest track may be found at the Sociology Department website,

Teaching Licensure Major

The State of Minnesota has specific licensing requirements for teachers that may differ slightly in emphasis from the Augsburg major requirements. The state requirements may also be subject to change after publication of this catalog. Students therefore should consult with the Augsburg Department of Education to identify current Minnesota teacher licensure requirements.

Departmental Honors

To complete departmental honors in Sociology, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the major and overall. See department chair and website for specific requirements. An application for departmental honors/graduation with distinction must be completed by spring of the junior year.


Five courses including SOC 121 and at least two upper division courses taken at Augsburg University. Students are required to have a C- or higher in SOC 121 and at least a cumulative 2.00 GPA in courses counting toward the minor.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.