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Department of Sociology at Lehman College

Programs and Courses

Imagine having the ability to analyze the dynamics of a hostile mob, track patterns in corporate downsizing, explore how people express emotions, or study the effects of cultural difference on problems of peace and war. Sociology is the scientific study of social life. It is the exploration of social change and a lens into the complexity of the causes and consequences of human behavior.

- American Sociological Association (

The Sociology Major

Sociology majors must complete 38 credits (11 courses) in Sociology.

After completing either a 200 level sociology class or Sociology 166 all majors must complete the following courses:

  • SOC 300: Sociological Imagination
  • You must complete SOC 300 before taking SOC 302
  • SOC 301: Methods of Sociological Research
  • You must complete SOC 301 before taking SOC 303 or SOC 345
  • SOC 302: Sociological Theory
  • SOC 303: Advanced Methods of Sociological Research
  • SOC 345: Quantitative Analysis of Sociological Data

In addition to the 20 credits specified above, majors must select a concentration and take an additional 18 credits (6 courses) in Sociology selected based on that concentration..  


  • Demography and Population Health
  • Education, Social Inequality and Urban Studies
  • General Sociology

You can track your progress in Degree Works, which is in the CUNY Portal (“Degree Audit”), and also by using the tracking forms we have in the department.

The Sociology Minor

The Minor in Sociology consists of five courses totaling 15 credits. At least three courses must be at the 300-level or higher.