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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology - BA

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The department recommends a GPA of at least 2.3 when declaring the major. Prospective majors should also have already taken several sociology courses at Hunter.


Students choosing to minor in sociology should consult a sociology adviser to determine their selection of courses. Students minoring in sociology must take

Special Programs

The COR Program

The departments of psychology, anthropology, and sociology jointly offer a program called COR (Career Opportunities in Research and Education). This interdisciplinary research training program for talented minority juniors and seniors is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Participants receive a monthly stipend, tuition and fee remittance; they take a special curriculum, and get individualized research training in a variety of areas under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The program has several levels of participation, and all minority students - especially freshmen and sophomores - intending to pursue a research-related career in the participating disciplines are urged to register with the program. Additional details and descriptive literature are available from the COR program adviser.

Additional Information

These options allow students to initiate and carry out a course of study of their own choosing under the guidance of a full-time faculty sponsor. Students must have a written proposal and a general plan of study to submit to the potential faculty mentor.


In order to graduate with departmental honors in sociology, students must have a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA in sociology; at least 21 of the credits toward the major should have been courses taken at Hunter College.

Students must complete either an Honors Seminar

Additional Information

Students whose GPAs are within this range are urged to consult their adviser before planning senior year programs of study, since honors seminars are generally offered only once per year, usually in the fall semester. In addition, students qualifying for departmental honors are eligible for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. See adviser for more information.


Provided students secure approval of a full-time faculty member, internships can be carried out for 3 to 6 credits in the areas of marketing, media, and politics, with other areas provided faculty supervision can be secured. Interested students must meet the requirements listed under the SOC 49800  entry.



The Department of Sociology offers two prestigious awards to outstanding students in sociology and applied social research. The Norman Hecht Award of up to $300 is provided on an irregular basis for the best research concept developed by an undergraduate or graduate student studying applied social research. It can be granted to an individual student or a group of students. Once a year at the end of the spring term the Benjamin Ringer Award, carrying a cash stipend of $100, is granted for the best undergraduate paper in the areas of ethnic and race relations. The endowed Rosalyn Tough Award is granted with a cash stipend to outstanding sociology or social research students. Two Suzanne Keller Awards with a stipend of $250 each are granted at the end of the academic year. One goes to the graduating sociology major with the best academic record. The second Keller award is given to the best BA/MS graduate entering the field of applied social research. The annual Chicago Award with a $100 stipend is given to a work-study student or research assistant whose contribution to a faculty member’s work is acknowledged in the faculty member’s publica­tion. For more information about the awards con­tact the departmental advisers.

Career Opportunities

Applied Social Research

Students interested in careers in research-related fields such as media and marketing research, policy analysis and evaluation, advertising, consumer behavior, and public opinion polling, as well as students who are contemplating graduate studies in sociology, are encouraged to gain research experience through selected coursework and independent research carried out under faculty supervision.

In addition to the following, which are required for the major,

Students interested in research should consider

Additional Information

The department has also participated in a number of programs that place qualified minority students in summer research internships at leading universities. See advisers for more information.

Social Work

Students interested in careers in social work or other human services are strongly encouraged to consult the pre-social work adviser (Prof. Poppendieck, Room 1603 Hunter West, (212) 772-5583, The presocial work advising office offers information about graduate study in social work as well as help with program planning.

Pre-social work

Pre-social work students without work experience in the human services should plan to take the following courses that provide supervised field experience. 

Directly related to social work

While virtually all sociology courses are relevant to the practice of social work, several courses are directly related to social work

Graduate Courses

Qualified undergraduates seeking more advanced or specialized work may, with the permission of the instructor, be permitted to take graduate courses. Consult the graduate catalog for course listings.

Major Areas of Study

Students may design their own areas of concentration but they are not required to do so.

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