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What kind of courses will I be taking in Sociology?

Undergraduate students looking for a sociology course have a wealth of options that can satisfy multiple catalog requirements, such as the UIC General Education requirement categories of the Individual and Society and US Society, and writing-enhanced curriculums. Whether you appreciate the anonymity of a large lecture hall or the intimacy of a smaller, discussion-based classes, the department offers classes in multiple formats to meet your learning style.

Below is a list of several courses offered by the sociology department in recent semesters. For a complete list of courses approved in Sociology for the current semester, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Learn more about registering for courses, course restrictions, transferring course credit, and study abroad course credit:


Courses in the Sociology department are filled on a first come, first served basis.  There is no waitlist system used for students who want to get into courses that are filled to capacity. If you are not sure which courses you need to register for, please see the advisor BEFORE your registration.  This will be to your advantage, as many classes will become filled during registration and the sooner that you get the classes you need, the better.

Admissions will handle most of the transfer issues for incoming students. However, sometimes certain courses will not appear correctly in your Degree Audit Report System (DARS) report and thus may not correctly meet major or minor requirements. In this case, the Undergraduate Advisor will review such courses (you may need to provide the descriptions and/or syllabi from your previous institution) and will recommend that the DARS office alter your DARS to distribute your previous credits into more suitable areas.

Students who would like to take Sociology courses as part of a Study Abroad experience should first consult with the Study Abroad Office to set up a plan of courses. Once you have chosen courses with the Study Abroad Office, you will need to see the Undergraduate Advisor with the appropriate documentation so that she can determine if the foreign courses meet the department’s requirements. If so, they can be pre-approved using the study abroad course plan form.

Certain courses in Sociology are restricted to majors only. Students who have completed paper major declaration forms may get permission for an over-ride to enroll in restricted courses. Minors who would like to take major restricted courses for their required electives should also see the Undergraduate Secretary for permission to enroll. Major Restricted courses include: SOC 296, SOC 298, SOC 496, and SOC 499.


The Honors College is a community of UIC scholars, comprised of students, staff, and faculty working together to provide an enriching and challenging learning environment for UIC’s most highly motivated undergraduate students.

All UIC Honors College students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.40 (4.0 scale) and must engage in a scholarly “honors activity” (e.g. research; civic engagement) approved by their faculty mentor each semester.