712 Thompson Hall
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Contact: Christin Glodek
Head of Department: Professor Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. Chief Undergraduate Adviser: Christin Glodek. Professors Anderton, Clawson, Faulkner, Gerstel, Irvine, Platt, Tessler, Zussman; Associate Professors Budig, Gupta, Lao-Montes, Misra, Thayer; Assistant Professors Branch, Cort, Lundquist, Papachristos, Rymond-Richmond, Lainer-Vos, Wooten; Visiting Assistant Professors Burt, Noriki, Wynn; Senior Lecturer Le; Lecturers Garvey, Glodek, Tomaskovic-Devey.
Sociology studies virtually every aspect of human society: the family, gender, race and ethnic relations, aging, education, work, population, and many others. Its principle goal as a discipline is to understand the workings of human society and to explain social behavior. Although sociologists do study what are commonly regarded as social problems—crime, drug addiction, and poverty, for example—they also examine fundamental social processes present in any society: social change, conflict, and inequality. Sociology is less concerned with finding practical solutions to social problems than with achieving a fundamental understanding of the social world.
Students interested in the major are encouraged to contact the department directly, or to visit our website at www.umass.edu/sociol. New majors are accepted during the following periods: from September 15 through November 1, and February 15 through April 1. The Sociology major requires a minimum of 10 courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the major, including the following:
Note: A maximum of five courses transferred from other institutions may be accepted toward satisfaction of major requirements. Other maxima include no more than 6 credits each of Independent Study at the 296, 396, and 496 levels. In addition, in accordance with university regulations, students are limited to a total of 18 credits in internships and practica, including any combination of courses numbered 298, 398 or 498.
Available in the undergraduate office, Thompson 712, and on the department’s website is a Guide to Undergraduate Studies. It includes a list of the courses required by each concentration, a list of all sociology faculty with their telephone numbers, offices and research interests; descriptions of internship and honors programs; and descriptions of special programs.
Studying sociology is a good way to obtain a well-rounded, liberal arts education. Although the major does not provide vocational training, its concentrations offer good preparation for entry-level jobs or for graduate study. Students interested in social work at the individual or community level could profitably concentrate in Social Service. Courses related to criminal justice provide good background for careers in various aspects of law enforcement. Concentrating in Social Research and Data Analysis is useful preparation for careers in market research, opinion polling, and statistical analysis. The Social Inequality and Diversity concentration is useful to students considering a job in teaching or in human resources, as well as those eager to foster social change. Finally, courses in culture, organizations, and institutions offer an excellent introduction to American society and to graduate work in sociology.
At least 15 credits in sociology
Only one 100-level course can be applied to the Sociology minor.
All courses applied toward the minor must be taken on a graded basis. A minimum 2.000 GPA is required.
Students must take at least 9 of the 15 credits required for the Sociology minor within the university’s Sociology Department.
The Criminal Justice Certificate is intended for majors or minors interested in working in the criminal justice system. It offers guidance through available offerings in criminology, deviance, and delinquency.
103 Social Problems (recommended)
The Sociology Department offers an Undergraduate Traineeship in Social Research Analysis (UTSRA) to develop mastery of basic skills in gathering and analyzing data. Students completing the letter can expect to obtain entry-level jobs in environments in which research is conducted. The letter also provides a strong foundation for students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in such fields as survey research, public health, program evaluation, market research, public policy, and public administration.
Students take three required courses, one approved elective course and 6 credits of graded internship. To receive the letter, a cumulative GPA of 2.000 is required in the 18 credits associated with the undertaking.
Required Sociology Courses
The Sociology Department offers a letter in Social Welfare/Social Work to students interested in jobs or graduate work in social service or social policy. Formal application is made at the Sociology Undergraduate Office, Thompson 712. In selecting courses, students may consult Christin Glodek, Chief Undergraduate Adviser, Department of Sociology, Thompson 704; or Faculty: Richard Tessler, Department of Sociology, Machmer W-35B; Dr. Lucille Halgin, Department of Psychology, Tobin 502.
Students must take six of the following courses, two of which must be in Sociology, one in Political Science, and one in Psychology. A grade of C or higher must be attained in all six courses.
Upon receipt of evidence from the university Registrar of satisfactory completion of the required work, the chair of the Sociology Department issues a letter of accomplishment to the student. A copy of the letter is also included in the student’s file maintained by the university.