Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

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: 100-450 (SOC 101)
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 100-150
Upper level/advanced courses is: 50-150

Suggested Introductory Courses

In the Department of Sociology, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

They hold office hours and assist in grading. Advanced doctoral students often teach semester-long classes and summer courses.

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.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

London Study Abroad Program
Each spring, the Department offers a semester-long study abroad program in London, one of the most vibrant, multicultural, and truly global cities in the world. The program provides an insider's view of London by combining comparative coursework on cutting-edge social issues, the opportunity to pursue independent research, and a professional internship for academic credit. The internships are designed to integrate students into a local organization and provide students with an opportunity to enhance intercultural skills and career prospects while making an active contribution to the company or organization. In today's complex world and competitive job market, the decision to study abroad may be one of the best decisions you ever make. You can find more information about the program on our website, by contacting the Study Abroad office, or by calling 716-645-2417.

Winter Session
The Department usually offers a number of Winter Session courses, which can include courses in London, in Singapore, online, and in Buffalo.

Areas of specialization for majors
For majors who wish to focus their studies, the Department offers three options for specialization. Majors who complete the requirements for any of these specializations will be presented with a certificate upon graduation (the specializations will not appear on diplomas or official transcripts).

Health & Society. This specialization is ideal for majors who intend to work in settings which require strong background knowledge in medicine or health, or who want to go to graduate school in sociology, medicine, the health professions, or public health. Majors can complete the Health & Society specialization by successfully completing SOC 322: Medical Sociology or SOC 477: Sociology of Health Care, plus two additional health-related sociology electives.

Crime, Law & Justice. This specialization is intended for majors who plan to work in settings which require a strong background in crime or law, or who plan to apply to graduate school in sociology, criminology, or law. Majors can complete the requirements for specialization in Crime, Law, & Justice by successfully completing SOC 307: Criminology plus two additional law-related sociology electives.

Global Sociology. This specialization recognizes the efforts of students to incorporate cross-cultural understanding and diverse approaches to knowledge and social inquiry into their undergraduate sociology degree. Majors can earn the Global Sociology specialization by earning Sociology credit in a study abroad or study away program, or by incorporating significant international content in a Sociology Honor's research project.

Independent Study
Sociology students occasionally 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.

The Sociology Scholarship for Study Abroad is awarded annually to undergraduate Sociology majors who require financial assistance to fund their participation in a study abroad program. Awards are granted on a competitive basis to defray the expense of airfare for the study abroad program.

The Department of Sociology also offers several scholarships to eligible UB undergraduate sociology majors and minors who decide to extend their studies after receiving the Bachelor's degree, by pursuing a Master's degree in Sociology at UB.

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 Club welcomes all students interested in sociology, regardless of major. Attending the meetings and events of the Sociology Club is one of the best ways to get connected to the department. The Club sponsors events such as movie nights, dinners with faculty, seminars and speakers, field trips, job market and graduate school information sessions, and otherwise serves as a gathering-point for student interests and activities. The Sociology Club also helps organize the departmental graduation ceremony. For more information, email Professor Kristen Schultz Lee (kslee4@buffalo.edu) or call (716) 645-2417.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Majors that Complement Sociology

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39