Sociology Major Major Requirements A student who wishes to major in sociology must take 44 credits in the department. These courses must include: Required in a student's first year. Required in fall semester of a student's sophomore year. Required in spring semester of a student's sophomore year. Required in a student's junior year. Required in a student's junior year. Required in a student's senior year. Notes: These six courses (20 credits) form a foundation of sociological knowledge. The remaining 24 credits are selected by students to reflect their individual interests. The department strongly recommends that sociology majors take statistics, either PSY 1340: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences or QMBE 1310: Statistics (these courses do not count as part of the sociology major). Knowledge of statistics is invaluable in doing sociological research and is frequently required by graduate schools. Students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in social work should take a course in biology, preferably human biology. Students are also encouraged to take internships.