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Career and Academic Paths | Academic Advising | Sociology Major | Double Majors | Sociology Minor | Honors Program | M.A. and Accelerated B.A./M.A. Programs in Applied Sociology | Evening and Part Time Options | Student Organizations | Special Opportunities |


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James E. Trela


Jere M. Cohen
J. Kevin Eckert
Christopher J. Hewitt
Leslie A. Morgan
Fred L. Pincus
William G. Rothstein
Robert L. Rubinstein
Mary E. Stuart

Associate Professors

Marina Adler
Ilsa L. Lottes
Seth Messinger

Assistant Professors

Bambi L. Chapin
Sarah Chard
Andrea L. Kalfoglou
Gul Seckin
Zeynop Tufekcioglu

Courses in this program are listed under SOCY.

The undergraduate major in sociology provides a well established and widely accepted path to careers and professional education in the human services. It is frequently the major of individuals employed in local, state and federal governments and in non-profit organizations. It typically provides appropriate preparation for many professional programs, including law, public health, health services administration, urban and regional planning, social work, human-services administration, human-resources management, advertising, public administration and public policy. An undergraduate major in sociology is also appropriate preparation for research and policy-oriented graduate programs in sociology, public policy, health services research, criminology, demography and other disciplines that study social behavior.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers undergraduate majors and minors in sociology and cultural anthropology. Information on the sociology major and minor are presented here. For information on the cultural anthropology major and minor, refer to the section Anthropology, Cultural in this catalog. More detailed information on both majors and minors are provided in the Student's Guide to Sociology and the Student's Guide to Anthropology, which are available in the department office, room 252 in the Public Policy Building.

Sociology is the study of social relationships among people and the institutions and organizations they use to organize these relationships. There are many subfields within sociology, including medical sociology, aging, population, religion, gender roles, family, work organizations, occupations, crime and delinquency, urban sociology, political sociology and others described in the course listings below. All majors are required to study sociological methods and statistics using computer software programs and to study sociological theory.

Many sociology majors are transfer students from community colleges and other institutions of higher education. UMBC has articulation agreements with community colleges and public four-year colleges and universities in Maryland that enable students to count most sociology courses taken in those institutions for credit toward the sociology major at UMBC. The department also accepts most sociology courses taken at colleges in other states.

Academic Advising

When a student declares a major in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, a copy of the declaration is sent to the department. A staff member then assigns the student a faculty advisor. Students should feel free to change advisors. The staff will make the necessary changes. Every major should meet with his or her advisor at least once each semester to discuss progress and future plans and to obtain electronic permission to register. Advisors have office hours posted outside their offices or can be contacted by e-mail or by leaving a message in their mailboxes with a telephone number and times for them to return the telephone call. Prior to registration, sign-up sheets are posted near the departmental office for students to use for making advisement appointments. Staff usually do not make appointments for faculty members. Try to see the faculty advisor several days before registration. It is often impossible to have registration approved if the student comes to the department office on the day that he or she is scheduled to register. We encourage students to meet with their advisors any time they have questions or problems or want to discuss major or career plans. If the advisor cannot help with a problem, he or she may know someone who can. When students apply for graduation, their advisor makes the final decision as to whether all requirements for the major or minor have been completed. If the advisor has permitted the student to modify the major in any way, such as by substituting courses or waiving requirements, the student should get a written and signed copy of the agreement. Advisors will be glad to discuss the General Education Requirements, General Distribution Requirements, General Foundation Requirements, or General Education Program. However, department advisors have no authority to approve or disapprove courses used to satisfy these requirements. That is done by the Office of Academic Services.