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Sociology

Chair: Kathryn J. Lively

Professors J. L. Campbell, M. Parsa; Associate Professors D. L. Anthony, D. K. King, K. J. Lively; Assistant Professors M. D. Dixon, M. N. Hollister; Adjunct Professor A. B. Flood; Visiting Assistant Professors D. Goodman, K. Smith, A Voyer.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE STANDARD MAJOR

The standard major in Sociology consists of ten courses, to be selected as follows:

1. Prerequisite: one introductory level course, either Sociology 1 or 2.

2. One methods course: Sociology 10 or 11. With approval of the Chair, a major may substitute one of the statistical analysis courses offered by the other social science departments or programs.

3. One theory course: Sociology 15, or 16.

4. Students must take four Lower Division courses (numbered 20-49), two Upper Division courses (numbered 50-80), and one culminating experience course (see 5. below). Students may substitute an Upper Division course for one of the Lower Division courses. Majors are encouraged to identify an area of concentration within Sociology.

5. Standard majors must satisfy the culminating experience requirement by successfully completing any one of the following three options: Senior Independent Study Project (Sociology 90), The Sociological Imagination (Sociology 91) or Honors Thesis (Sociology 98). Brief descriptions of each option may be found under the course listings. Please consult the Department regarding specific procedures for each option. The culminating experience may be counted as one of the seven additional courses in Sociology numbered 10 or higher that are required for completion of the major. Note: Senior fellows who elect to complete a sociology major may fulfill this requirement through the successful completion of the senior fellow project.

Standard majors must be approved by a department faculty member.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MODIFIED MAJOR

The modified major in Sociology consists of twelve courses, to be selected as follows:

1. Prerequisite: one introductory level course, either Sociology 1 or 2.

2. One methods course: Sociology 10 or 11. With approval of the Chair, a major may substitute one of the statistical analysis courses offered by the other social science departments or programs.

3. One theory course: Sociology 15, or 16.

4. Students must take must take three Lower Division courses (numbered 20-49), one Upper Division course (numbered 50-80), and one culminating experience course (see 5. below). Students may substitute an Upper Division course for one of the Lower Division courses. Majors are encouraged to identify an area of concentration within Sociology.

5. Modified majors, must satisfy the culminating experience requirement by successfully completing any one of the following three options: Senior Independent Study Project, The Sociological Imagination or an Honors Thesis. Please consult the Department regarding specific procedures for each option.

6. Four related courses taken in one or more departments or programs.

Students establishing a modified major must submit a written statement of the proposed field or topic, plus a list of all courses to be taken for credit toward the modified major. The proposal should address the intellectual coherence of the proposed course of study. All modified majors must be approved by the Chair of the Sociology Department; and, when modified by a single department or program, by the chair of that department or program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BASIC MINOR

The basic minor in Sociology consists of six courses, to be selected as follows:

1. Prerequisite: one introductory level course, either Sociology 1 or 2.

2. One theory course, either Sociology 15 or 16

3. Students must take must take three Lower Division courses (numbered 20-49), one Upper Division course (numbered 50-80). Students may substitute an Upper Division course for one of the Lower Division courses.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN MARKETS, MANAGEMENT AND THE ECONOMY

The Minor in Markets, Management and the Economy consists of six courses, to be selected as follows:

1. One introductory level course, either Sociology 1 or 2.

2. One theory course, either Sociology 15 or 16

3. One of the following: Sociology 26 (formerly 49.3), 66 or 69

4. Two of the following courses from the Lower Division

21 Political Sociology

22 The Sociology of International Development

26 (formerly 49.3) Capitalism, Prosperity and Crisis[1]

27 Organizations in Society

28 Health Care and Health Care Policy

29 Sociology of Work

5. One of the following courses from the Upper Division

50 Sociology of Law

53 Power, Politics and the State

66 Markets and Management*

67 (formerly 79.3) Ideas, Politics and Crisis

69 The Sociology of Globalization*

70 American Labor Relations

80 Independent Study (in Markets, Management and the Economy)

One Upper Division course may be substituted for a Lower Division Course

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN SOCIAL INEQUALITIES

The Minor in Social Inequalities consists of six courses, to be selected as follows:

1. One introductory course, either Sociology 1 or 2.

2. One theory course, either Sociology 15 or 16

3. Three of the following courses from the Lower Division

23 Social Movements

25 Democracy and Democratization in Developing Countries

31 Youth and Society

32 The Social Meanings of Home

45 (formerly 49.4) Inequality and Social Justice

46 Constructing Black Womanhood

47 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.

48 Immigration, Race and Ethnicity

4. One of the following courses from the Upper Division

50 Sociology of Law

55 Poverty and Public Policy in the US

57 Identity and Social Interaction of Multiracial Americans

58 Education and Inequality

60 Dangerous Intersections: Race, Class and Gender

80 Independent Study (in Social Inequalities)

One Upper Division course may be substituted for a Lower Division Course

All minors must be approved by a departmental faculty member.

OFF-CAMPUS STUDY

Off-Campus Program in Copenhagen

Students in any social science major may apply to participate in the Sociology Department’s off-campus student exchange program, which is held during the Fall term at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The University of Copenhagen offers a special set of social science courses taught in English by Copenhagen faculty. Students may choose courses in sociology, anthropology, government and economics, and take the normal course load of a full-time student. Applications are received in early February and selections are made during that term. Students who apply are required to have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. For further information, see Professor Campbell.

SOCIOLOGY HONORS

The Honors Program in Sociology consists of advanced independent study under the direction of a faculty supervisor, culminating in the completion and presentation to the department of an honors thesis. A major who successfully completes an honors thesis in Sociology will also satisfy the culminating experience in the major. The program is open to any major who satisfies the minimum college honors requirements, including a 3.0 GPA overall, has a 3.3 GPA in the major, and has completed all theory and methods requirements for the major prior to submission of the thesis proposal.

Toward the end of the junior year a prospective honors major should identify a faculty member in the department who is willing to serve as a thesis advisor in order to discuss the proposed thesis. Advisors must confirm that they will be on campus during the two terms in which the student takes Sociology 98 (sociology honors credits) unless other arrangements are made. A written thesis proposal must be submitted to the advisor no later than the end of the third week of the third term prior to graduation (typically fall term, senior year), and preferably earlier. After the proposal has been approved by the advisor and a copy filed with the department the student is accepted into the honors program.

All honors majors must take Sociology 98 twice for thesis credit during the senior year, although exceptions may be permitted. Because only one term of Sociology 98 counts as one of the seven additional courses numbered 10 or higher that are required for completion of the major, taking a second term of Sociology 98 means that Honors students will typically take at least 11 course credits in Sociology. At the end of the first term of Sociology 98 the student’s progress toward the completion of the thesis is evaluated by the advisor in consultation with the department. If satisfactory progress is not being made, then the thesis project may be terminated and a grade given for the first term of thesis credit.

A preliminary draft of the thesis must be turned into the thesis advisor no later than the end of the fifth week of the second term of Sociology 98, and preferably earlier. Once revisions have been made, two (2) copies of the completed thesis draft must be turned into the thesis advisor no later than the end of the eighth week of the second term of Sociology 98. Upon completion of the final revised thesis, the student must provide 3 bound copies to the department: one for the Advisor, one for the Department and one for the Rauner Library. The thesis will be graded by the thesis advisor and a second reader appointed by the department. Students receiving a B+ (3.33) or higher on the thesis will receive honors recognition in the major. High honors may be awarded by faculty vote for truly exceptional work.

Students interested in participating in the program should obtain the handout “The Sociology Honors Program” from the Department Office. Students can also consult the website: www.dartmouth.edu/~socy/honors.html.

TRANSFER CREDITS

Upon approval by the Chair, a maximum of two course credits for work taken elsewhere may be counted toward the major and a maximum of one course credit for work taken elsewhere may be counted toward the minor. Modified majors must complete at least five sociology courses at Dartmouth, beyond the prerequisite. Also, certain courses, such as Sociology 1, 2, 10, 11, 15 and 16 are almost always required to be taken at Dartmouth. Typically, transfer credit will only be approved for sociology courses not regularly offered by the Department. Students contemplating taking major, modified major and minor courses elsewhere should thus consult the Chair well in advance, to assure that appropriate transfer credits will be accepted.