Specializations for Majors
For majors who wish to focus their studies, the Department offers three options for specialization. Majors who complete the requirements for any of these specializations will be presented with a certificate upon graduation (the specializations will not appear on diplomas or official transcripts).
Health & Society. This specialization is ideal for majors who intend to work in settings which require strong background knowledge in medicine or health, or who want to go to graduate school in sociology, medicine, the health professions, or public health. Majors can complete the Health & Society specialization by successfully completing SOC 322: Medical Sociology or SOC 477: Sociology of Health Care, plus two additional health-related sociology electives from this list:
|SOC 304 Sociology of Aging||SOC 358 Sociology of Food|
|SOC 308 Sociology of the Life Course||SOC 362 Families & Inequality|
|SOC 311 Drugs & Society||SOC 364 Sociology of the Body|
|SOC 314 Sociology of Gender||SOC 378 Social Inequalities & Health|
|SOC 322 Medical Sociology||SOC 382 Sociology of Death & Dying|
|SOC 329 Population Problems||SOC 446 Environmental Sociology|
|SOC 331 Sociology of Wealth & Poverty||SOC 457 Social Policies for Aging Societies|
|SOC 338 Sociology of Sexuality||SOC 477 Sociology of Health Care|
|SOC 341 Environment & Society|
Crime, Law & Justice. This specialization is intended for majors who plan to work in settings which require a strong background in crime or law, or who plan to apply to graduate school in sociology, criminology, or law. Majors can complete the requirements for specialization in Crime, Law, & Justice by successfully completing SOC 307: Criminology or SOC 373: Sociology of Law plus two additional law-related sociology electives from this list:
|SOC 307 Criminology||SOC 348 Urban Sociology|
|SOC 311 Drugs & Society||SOC 360 Political Sociology|
|SOC 317 Criminal Justice Systems||SOC 366 Crime & Popular Culture|
|SOC 319 Juvenile Justice||SOC 373 Sociology of Law|
|SOC 331 Sociology of Wealth & Poverty||SOC 384 Collective Behavior & Social Movements|
|SOC 332 Sociology of Work||SOC 387 Race & Racism|
|SOC 337 Sociology of Punishment||SOC 467 Sociology & Social Policy|
|SOC 345 Sociology of Deviance||SOC 482 Advanced Topics in Social Justice, Crime, and Law|
Global Sociology. This specialization recognizes the efforts of students to incorporate cross-cultural understanding and diverse approaches to knowledge and social inquiry into their undergraduate sociology degree. Majors can earn the Global Sociology specialization by earning Sociology credit in an approved study abroad or study away program, or by incorporating significant international content in a Sociology Honor’s research project.
Social Science Research Methods. This specialization is ideal for sociology majors who plan to work in settings which require a strong background in data analysis or social science research methods. Students learn how data are gathered and analyzed using a variety of methods and techniques. The specialization is offered to graduating UB Sociology majors in good standing who completed three research-intensive courses in the Sociology Department.
For all specializations, students must earn a C or better in the courses required for the major and in the specialization courses to earn the specialization.