All undergraduates adding the Sociology major after May 18, 2016 will be required to complete the New SOCY major program.
The Department of Sociology at the University of Maryland College Park is pleased to announce the launch of new undergraduate degree requirements for our Bachelors of Arts degree program. The new undergraduate major requirements support our new student learning outcomes below:
1. Explain the sociological perspective, broadly defined, use sociological theory to explain social problems and issues, make theoretically informed recommendations to address current social problems, and demonstrate the utility of the sociological perspective for their lives.
2. Demonstrate the ability to interpret, locate, evaluate, generate and use sociologically relevant data to test hypotheses and draw evidence-based conclusions.
3. Integrate sociological theory, research, and data in order to assess various explanations of social phenomena and to assess social policy.
If you became a Sociology major before May 18, 2016, then you may choose to either remain in the old undergraduate program or you may switch to the new requirements. Please consult with a SOCY advisor to determine whether or not a change to the new program would be your best plan of action.
If you choose to switch to the new requirements (please see the new SOCY requirements and sample academic plan), you will have to complete an academic planning workshop with Sociology, complete a new curriculum designation form, and complete a new academic plan to submit to the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS is located in 2148 Tydings Hall and they may be reached at 301-405-1697) following May 18, 2016.
Please contact the Sociology Undergraduate Office at 301-405-6389 to schedule your academic planning workshop meeting, and you may also call us to let us know if you have any questions about the old or new Sociology undergraduate program requirements.