Sample Degree Pathway for Sociology - Policy & Social Problems Concentration

For students who entered fall 2016 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010/
HONR.1100
College Writing I/FYSH (CW)
3
MATH.xxxx Mathematics (MATH.1110/1510 recommended) (MATH)
3
SOCI.1010 Introduction to Sociology
3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS)
3
WLxx.xxxx  Language 1 & Culture
3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar1 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW)
3
xxxx.xxxx
Science w/lab (SCL)
4
xxxx.xxxx
Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH)
3
SOCI.xxxx Sociology Req.2 3
WLxx.xxxx  Language 2 & Culture
3
Total 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
SOCI.2010 Foundations of Social Analysis 3
SOCI.xxxx Sociology Req.2
3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science w/lab (SCL)
4
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 & Culture  or World Ready Elective4
3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
SOCI.3210 Social Theory I
3
SOCI.xxxx Sociology Elective (Cluster #1)3
3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts and Hum. Persp. (AH)
3
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 & Culture or  World Ready Elective4
3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
SOCI.4020 Sociological Research I 3
SOCI.3220 Social Theory II 3
xxxx.xxxx
Science (non-lab)
3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective4 or Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
SOCI.4030
Sociological Research II 3
SOCI.3620
Social Welfare Policy
3
xxxx.xxxx
Sociology or Free Elective
3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
xxxx.3/4xxx Sociology Elective (Cluster #2)3
3
xxxx.xxxx Sociology or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course # Course Name Cr.
SOCI.xxxx
Sociology or Free Elective
3
SOCI.4xxx Sociology Elective (excluding SOCI.4960 Practicum) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15
Total Minimum Credits = 120

1Required for entering Freshmen.

2Choose from SOCI.1150 Social Problems, SOCI.2050 Public Sociology, SOCI.3110 Sociological Perspectives on Communication and Social Change or SOCI.3200 Community Service.

3Two courses from ONE of the following area clusters (6 credits):

Immigration and Ethnicity

  • SOCI.2340 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOCI.2130 Sociology of Immigration
  • SOCI.3100 Ethnicity in Massachusetts
  • SOCI.3450 Urban Sociology
  • SOCI.3550 Black Experience in American Life
  • SOCI.4720 Seminar on Ethnic Communities

Families and Youth

  • SOCI.2310 Sociology of the Family
  • SOCI.3020 Seminar on Homelessness: Lowell and Mumbai
  • SOCI.3160 Youth and Society
  • SOCI.4210 Seminar on the Family

Conflict and Social Change

  • SOCI.2150 Peacemaking Alternatives
  • SOCI.2160 Sociology of War and Peace
  • SOCI.2170 Social Movements
  • SOCI.3170 Sociology of Genocide
  • SOCI.3410 Wealth, Status and Power
  • SOCI.3600 Sociology of Non-Violence
  • SOCI.4690 Seminar on Global Society

Science, Environment and Society

  • SOCI.2100 Sociology of Food
  • SOCI.2360 Sociological Approaches to the Environment
  • SOCI.3040 Science, Technology and Society
  • SOCI.3300 Fast Food, Hot Planet

Disabilities and Health

  • SOCI.2250 Sociology of Disability
  • SOCI.3510 Sociology of Health and Health Care

4World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

A major in Sociology consists of 36 to 45 credits with at least 21 credits at the 3000 level or above (includes required and elective courses in the major). Required are SOCI.1010 Introduction to Sociology, two theory courses SOCI.3210 and SOCI.3220, two research courses SOCI.4020 and SOCI.4030, and one 4000 level course than cannot be a practicum. NOTE: Students may not exceed the maximum of 45 credits of Sociology Department courses. At least 75 credits must be earned outside of the major including Core Curriculum requirements and free electives.

Students transferring to the college and wishing to major in sociology must make individual arrangements with the department chairperson regarding satisfaction of major course requirements. 

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum website for further details. You should meet with your faculty adviser to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their Advisement Report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your adviser.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Last updated: 10/26/2017