Sociology (BA)

The major in Sociology provides students with a comprehensive understanding of sociological theories and methodologies, as well as the research and analytical skills they need to work in and contribute to today's globally interconnected world.  The major focuses on the globalized nature of our society and the intensification of inequalities and related demands for social justice. It harnesses the discipline of sociology's ability to put such social problems in their societal context for the purposes of understanding them and contributing to their resolution. Sociology at John Jay builds students' knowledge of theoretical explanations of the relationship between people and their society, fosters the skills necessary to research, analyze, and communicate information about social problems, and cultivates values of empathy and understanding towards diverse groups and unequal conditions. The major also prepares those students interested in additional study for graduate programs (MA or Ph.D.) in Sociology, the growing fields of Global Studies, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, other associated social science disciplines, and law school.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate through assignments and class discussion a sociological imagination, i.e., the ability to see connections between local, personal experiences and larger global, societal forces, and between individual troubles and pervasive social problems, in a global context;
  • Understand through readings and class discussion how the scientific study of society transcends common sense beliefs and conventional wisdom about people's attitudes and behaviors;
  • Test the veracity of research hypotheses and be able to formulate basic research questions to guide studies of societal behavior, processes, and institutions by using qualitative and quantitative methods of collecting evidence;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with written works of classic and contemporary sociological theories that explain why people think and act as they do;
  • Demonstrate an understanding and mastery of sociological concepts through writing explanatory, and presentation skills

Credits Required:  36                                        Four Year Academic Plan

Prerequisite:  SOC101 Introduction to Sociology which fulfills the Flexible Core: Individual and Society area of the College's general education program.

Coordinator:  Professor Robert Garot, Department of Sociology (212.237.8232,

Advisor:  Professor Crystal Jackson, Department of Sociology (212.393.6410,

CUNY Gateway Courses:  SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology; SOC 201 Urban Sociology; SOC 202/PSY 202 The Family:  Change, Challenges and Crisis Intervention; SOC 213/PSY 213 Race & Ethnic Relations; SOC 215 Social Control and Gender:  Women in America Society; SOC 232 Social Stratification

PART ONE. CORE COURSES                                           Subtotal:  12 credits

SOC 232 Social Stratification
SOC 312 Classical Sociological Theory
SOC 315 Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 440 Senior Seminar

PART TWO. RESEARCH METHODS                                 Subtotal:  9 credits

STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics
SSC 325 Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences

Select one course:

SOC 324 Advanced Social Statistics
SOC 327 Advanced Sociological Methodology
SOC 328 Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 329 Evaluation Research

PART THREE. AREAS OF FOCUS                                      Subtotal:  9 credits
Select one specialization and complete three courses

Specialization A.  Global Change

SOC 201 Urban Sociology
SOC 222 Crime, Media, and Public Opinion
SOC 251 Sociology of Human Rights
SOC 252 Environmental Sociology
SOC 253 Sociology of Global Migration
SOC 343 Global Social Movements
SOC 346 Sport in Global Perspective
SOC 354 Gangs and Transnationalism
SOC 350 Social Change
SOC 360/ECO 360 Corporate and White Collar Crime


Specialization B. Inequality and Social Justice

SOC 213/PSY 213 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 215 Social Control and Gender:  Women in American Society
SOC 227 Sociology of Mental Illness
SOC 275 Political Imprisonment
SOC 278 Political Sociology
SOC 308 The Sociology of Violence
SOC 401 Problems of Minority Groups
SOC 420/CRJ 420 Women and Crime

PART FOUR. SOCIOLOGY ELECTIVE                               Subtotal:  3 credits
Select one course

SOC 202/PSY 202 The Family: Changes, Challenges, and Crisis Intervention
SOC 206 Sociology of Conflict and Dispute Resolution
SOC 209 Sociology of Work and Jobs
SOC 240 Social Deviance
SOC 282 Selected Topics in Sociology
SOC 302 Social Problems
SOC 305 Sociology of Law
SOC 310/ANT 310/PSY 310 Culture and Personality
SOC 329 Evaluation Research
SOC 350 Social Change
SOC 377 Internship in Sociology

Total:  36 credits