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Sociology Major: Urban & Ethnic Studies Specialization

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers an urban and ethnic studies specialization for those Sociology majors who wish to tailor their courses to a specific path.  Students planning careers as urban and community planners, diversity officers, public policies and administration, and research in urban studies and ethnic studies should consider this specialization.

General Education Specifications:

All TCNJ students must take one course in Mathematics as part of their liberal learning requirement. We specify that sociology majors choose one of the following options:

STA 115 Statistics

STA 215 Statistical Inference

We also recommend that students in the urban and ethnic studies specialization choose biology to fulfill the scientific reasoning requirement.

Department Core Requirements (4 units)

SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology (or HON216 – The Sociological Perspective)

Sociology explores the intersection of biography and history. Students learn the basic foundations of sociology, including its development as a field of inquiry, early sociological theory, an methodology. The course also analyzes social organization, addressing culture, class, race, sex, family, medicine, business, religion, education, and government affect our lives. Special attention is paid to the impact of society on self and understanding social structure.

Grade Minimum: B-

SOC 301 – Development of Socio-Cultural Theory

Prerequisites: SOC101 or HON216
The response of social theorists to the consequences of the industrial revolution and the issues of capitalism, secularism, industrialism, modern consciousness, and the socio-critical enterprise, seen through the work of such theorists as Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Contemporary development of these theories will also be discussed.

Grade Minimum: C

SOC 302 – Quantitative Research Methods

Prerequisites: SOC 101 or HON 216 and STA 115 or STA 215
The course is designed to familiarize students with quantitative research methodology, methods of quantitative data collection, and analysis of quantitative data used in sociology. Students will learn one of the most widely used statistical software packages in the social sciences (SPSS) and conduct independent research using on of the most widely used sources of quantitative social data, the General Social Survey (GSS).

Grade Minimum: C

SOC 499 – Senior Seminar in Sociology

Prerequisites: SOC301, SOC302
Culminating experience for sociology majors.  Course draws on skills and knowledge of sociology course as well as knowledge gained from the liberal arts broadly construed. An internship is a major required element of the seminar. With departmental approval only, exceptional students may substitute two semesters of SOC 495: Senior Thesis in Sociology for SOC 499.

Grade Minimum: C-

UES Specialization Requirements (5 courses):

The Urban and Ethnic Studies Specialization (UES), which builds upon the general sociology requirements, guides students in the selection of courses which will best prepare them for graduate study in urban planning, ethnic studies, public policy and administration, and urban anthropology or sociology.

Sociology majors choosing this specialization will take SOC 101/HON 216, SOC 301, SOC 302, SOC 499 and six electives: one SOC/ANT elective of their choice and five electives from the following departmentally-approved list of options.  In all, at least four of the six must be SOC/ANT electives at the 300- or 400-level.

Approved UES Specialization Options:


  • ANT 311 Women and Migration
  • ANT 315 Race, Ethnicity, and Nation
  • ANT 335 Global Urbanization
  • ANT 340 Social Change in Latin America
  • ANT/SOC 371 Culture, Health and Wellness
  • SOC 281 Sociology of Race in the U.S.
  • SOC 303 Women in World Perspective
  • SOC 310 Urban Youth Deviance
  • SOC 315 Racism, Power, and Privilege
  • SOC 320 Community, Cities, and Suburbs
  • SOC 330 Urban Population Dynamics
  • SOC 345 Inequality, Pollution, and Environment
  • SOC 355 Introduction to Urban Planning
  • SOC 365 Poverty and Welfare in the U.S.
  • SOC 375 Religion and American Culture
  • SOC 380 Education and American Culture

Out of Major (limit 1):

  • HIS 180/AAS 206 African American History 1865-Present
  • HIS 184 History of Urban America
  • HIS 190/AAS 282 History of Race Relations in the U.S.
  • JPW 321/AAS 321 Race, Gender, and the News
  • LIT 378/AAS 378 African-American Literature 1920-1980
  • PSY 355 Psychology of Power, Oppression, and Privilege
  • WGS 260/ AAS 280 Women of African Descent in Global Perspective

For a pdf of this information, please click here.

For complete course descriptions, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.