Jan 21, 2021
BA in Sociology
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.
Foundational Courses must be completed before embarking upon the major. Students with appropriate background may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. See department for proper placement.
Hunter Core Requirement
Note: Several courses leading to (foundational) or within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCC], Hunter Focus, Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here:
Hunter Core Requirement
In the case of Sociology, the course that meets CCC is:
||CUNY Common Core
||Foundational Or Major
||Individual and Society (Social Sciences) -I&S SS
Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core.
1. Required Courses (6 cr.)
2. Sociological Theory (6 cr.)
3. Electives (15 cr.)
Of the remaining 15 credits, at least 6 must be in courses at the 300 level or above. No more than 3 credits from the following may be used to satisfy this requirement.
Students choosing to minor in sociology should consult a sociology adviser to determine their selection of courses. Students minoring in sociology must take
Students may pursue independent study through
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
or an Honors Independent Study
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.
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
Select electives from the following:
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org). The presocial work advising office offers information about graduate study in social work as well as help with program planning.
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
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.
1. Interpersonal Processes and Relations
3. Social Welfare and Policy
5. Applied Social Research
7. Fieldwork and Experiential Learning