Program Goals

The Sociology major is designed to provide a broad intellectual and sociological background. The program provides students with both theoretical and methodological tools as well as substantive insights to assist them in understanding social life, social organization, and social action. Because of the concentration's focus on developing analytic skills, Sociology at Lincoln is an excellent preparation for many fields that involve social policy analysis, including law, business management, education, government and social service.


  • Explain and identify key sociological concepts.
  • Exhibit, e.g., by comparing and contrasting, a sound understanding of key sociological theories.
  • Identify the particulars of standard social science research and statistical methods, knowledge that will enable students to study and analyze social issues.
  • Demonstrate, including through the use of examples, critical thinking in substantive sociological areas, e.g., marriage and the family, deviance and social inequality.
  • Effectively specify, explain and describe sociological changes affecting diverse groups in the United States.
  • Via substantive contemporary examples that illustrate comprehension of subject matter, demonstrate the proper utilization of international data to explain global interconnectedness.


University Core specific 8 credits
2 consecutive semester of a foreign language.

Sociology Major:

Course Credits
SOC-101 - Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC-201 - General Anthropology 3
SOC-243 - Introduction to Human Services 3
SOC-305 - Research Methods 3
SOC-306 - Social Statistics 3
SOC-318 - Sociological Theory 3
SOC-410 - Senior Seminar 3
Select one (1):
SOC-205 - Marriage and Family (3) OR
SOC-311 - American Community Sociological Theory (3)
Four (4) departmental electives 12
Total 36 credits


Course Credits
SOC-101 - Intro to Sociology (satisfies University core) 3
SOC-201 - General Anthropology 3
Three (3) Sociology Electives 9
Total Sociology Minor 15 credits