Academic Program in Sociology

Program Requirements

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We offer coursework for both a major and minor. The department reflects the breadth and rigor of the discipline, teaching courses in the core areas of social organizations and institutions; social inequality and stratification; micro-sociology: individuals and society; and the historical and comparative study of social change.

We offer students diverse opportunities to participate in independent research, field internships, study away, and private readings. Students may apply for the Jerome Davis Research Award designed to defray research costs of field projects in the social sciences.

Our curriculum prepares students to pursue graduate study, apply sociology in such professional areas as law or urban planning, apply the coursework to public policy or social service agency work; and enhance study in other disciplines as psychology, anthropology, history, and political science.

The skills that sociology majors master support these diverse goals, including logic and analysis, research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, and cross-cultural communication. 

Students who transfer from other institutions into Oberlin’s sociology program, may, with the approval of the department, apply certain courses toward the major or minor.

However, no transfer courses will substitute for required sociology methods and theory courses, which must be completed at Oberlin College. These include:

  • Sociology 301 Social Research Methods
  • Sociology 302 Social Research Methods Lab
  • Sociology 303 Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory

The transfer of credits may be subject to the transfer of credit fee. Requests to transfer courses taken at other institutions are evaluated on an individual basis.

Refer to the course catalog for additional details.