Sociology : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in SOC 101 and in two other sociology courses.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 300-350 (SOC 101)
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 100-150
Upper level/advanced courses is: 35-150

Suggested Introductory Courses

In the Department of Sociology, what do teaching assistants (TA's) do?

They hold office hours and assist in grading. Advanced doctoral students occasionally teach day classes and more frequently staff courses taught at night and during the summer.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

The faculty of the Department of Sociology are well-published, with many having achieved national and international prominence. To learn about their areas of expertise, visit the faculty link on our departmental Web site.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities



Majors in sociology may wish to take advantage of the department's areas of focus in Community/Cultural Studies, Family and the Life Course, and Law and Society/Criminology.

Independent Study
Sociology students often work individually with faculty through independent studies, assisting with ongoing research projects or developing projects of their own. Valuable research experience may be acquired in this manner.

Internship Program
The internship program is designed to provide practical career-related experience to the sociology major. Placements are available in a wide variety of settings. Internship opportunities are restricted to majors only with junior or senior class standing.

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

The honors program in the Department of Sociology requires a minimum GPA of 3.25 in sociology and overall. Students must have junior or senior standing and be a major in sociology. Students choosing to participate in the honors program are required to complete 6 hours of honors credit in the department, normally spanning two semesters. The honors program provides students with a unique opportunity to pursue an individual research project under close faculty supervision. Honors graduates will be designated as graduating with honors (minimum GPA of 3.25), high honors (minimum 3.5), or highest honors (minimum 3.75).

The Lucia Maria Houpt Prize is awarded each year at graduation "to a student of the senior class judged as having shown the greatest excellence and proficiency in the work of the Sociology department during the academic year."

The Nathaniel Cantor Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship for sociology or anthropology undergraduate students who plan to enter the fields of social work, vocational rehabilitation, or anthropology.

Extracurricular Activities

Alpha Kappa Delta/Zeta Chapter at UB accepts sociology majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in sociology and overall. Students must have completed at least 12 credit hours in sociology and must be at least a junior. For more information, call 716-645-2417.

The Undergraduate Sociology Association (USA) welcomes all sociology majors as members. Attending the meetings and parties of USA is one of the best ways to get connected to the department. USA sponsors visiting speakers, facilitates participation in the annual student conference, offers career counseling, and otherwise serves as a gathering-point for student interests and activities. Each year USA organizes the departmental graduation ceremony. For more information, call (716) 645-2417.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:13 EST