Jun 16, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

Sociology - BA

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Sociology is a fascinating field that can help you understand the people, groups, organizations, and institutions that make up the social world. A major in sociology provides undergraduates with sociological training, which is an excellent basis for careers in social work, social research, business, law, and public administration. By continually testing conventional wisdom against empirical evidence, the study of sociology leads students to an understanding of the conditions under which social facts emerge, and the consequences they have for individuals, groups, societies, and social institutions. Majors are encouraged to develop skills in observation, interviewing, and other data collection techniques, data processing, statistical and content analysis, and forecasting the future – all marketable skills in many career lines.

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: General Education - Effective Fall 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.

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 credits with faculty supervision. Interested students must meet the requirements listed under the SOC 49800  entry.

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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