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Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology - BA

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Hunter Core Requirement

One course within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], 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 - Fall 2013 to Spring 2019 . In the case of the Sociology major, the course that meets CCC is:

Courses Required for the Major (30 credits)

The department recommends a GPA of at least 2.3 when declaring the major.

Areas of Concentration

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

1. Urban Sociology & Immigration

5. Research Methods, Demography, & Applied Sociology

6. Crime, Law, & Deviance

Independent Study

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.

Students may pursue independent study through


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 four prestigious awards to outstanding students in sociology and applied social research. 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 tuition remission to one outstanding sociology student. 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. 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,

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, jpoppend@hunter.cuny.edu). 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.

Degree Map

Degree Map for Sociology  

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