Students majoring in Sociology at New College will acquire competence in content knowledge, written and oral communication skills and critical thinking skills.
Students majoring in Sociology at New College will acquire competence in content knowledge, written and oral communication skills and critical thinking skills. These competencies are gained by mastering the fundamental tools of the discipline through a set of core courses, one empirical Independent Study Project (ISP) and five elective courses.
In addition to these activities, students are encouraged to engage in internships, group research projects, and off-campus educational activities (e.g. service learning projects, community engagement projects, and volunteering) that provide important opportunities to gain direct experience of social issues explored in courses and tutorials.
The five required courses for Sociology AOC and Joint-Disciplinary with Sociology listed first are:
In addition, students are required to complete:
Our elective courses address three broad subfields in sociology, we require you to take at least one course in each of the three. Below are examples of electives regularly offered that fall within each subfield. Some courses fit more than one category.
Persons and Society
Declaring a Sociology Area of Concentration
In order to declare a Sociology AOC, students are required to submit a portfolio for review. Prior to submitting a portfolio students must have satisfactorily completed four sociology courses. The portfolio must include a “Sociology Portfolio Review Worksheet,” 2-3 papers written for sociology courses, a copy of the students narrative evaluation for the Introduction to Statistics course, a printout of the unofficial transcript (available through the Student Evaluation System), the signed “Provisional Area of Concentration” form and a plan for completing the remaining sociology requirements. Students will generally submit a portfolio for review in their fifth contract.
The Joint-Disciplinary (Slash) AOC with Sociology listed second has a slightly reduced set of requirements:
Note: In accordance with regulations in the Faculty Handbook, students with a joint -disciplinary AOC where Sociology is listed second must have one faculty member from the sociology discipline in their thesis committee. Furthermore, the thesis should make substantive use of sociological theory, literature, and analysis.
Students must complete the same requirements as the Disciplinary AOC. In accordance with regulations in the Faculty Handbook, students completing a double AOC with Sociology must have two faculty members from the sociology discipline on their thesis committee. Ideally, one of the sociology faculty members would serve as co-sponsor with a faculty member from the other discipline or be consistently consulted with by the student to ascertain progress in the thesis qualifies for a Sociology AOC. The thesis should make substantive use of sociological theory, literature, and analysis.