This major is for students interested in careers that require an understanding of human social behavior. The program emphasizes both theory and methodology, and the major offers an opportunity to investigate a variety of areas such as crime and deviance, family, minority groups, religion and social change. The major is valuable in a variety of fields, including business, community work, corrections, government services, health services, public relations, research and social services. Students who hold this degree are also well prepared for graduate study.

Students majoring in sociology must earn at least a "C-" in any sociology course counted toward the major and achieve at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in all sociology courses (NMU and transfer).

For department information or additional degree requirements, go to the Sociology and Anthropology department page.

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Total Credits Required 120
General Education
Required Courses in Major 36
Core Course  
SO 101 Introductory Sociology [PERS] 4
Research Methods  
SO 208 Methods of Social Research I [QUAR] 4
SO 308 Methods of Social Research II [SCII] 4
Theory Cluster  
Choose two courses from the following: 8
SO 322 Social Class, Power and Mobility (4 cr.) [SOCR]
SO 351 Social Change (4 cr.) [PERS]
SO 353 Globalization and Asian Societies (4 cr.) [PERS]
SO 372 Minority Groups (4 cr.) [SOCR]
SO 407 Sociological Theory (4 cr.)
Sociology Electives 16
At least two courses (8 cr.) must be at the 300 level or above.
Minor 16