Sociology

Chairperson: Matthew Bahr
Professors: B. Coughlin, S.J. (Emeritus), J. Rinehart, E. Vacha, G. Weatherby
Associate Professors: M. Bahr, A. Bertotti MetoyerV. Gumbhir, W. Hayes, M. Marin, A. Miranne
Senior Lecturer: Andrea Fallenstein

The Department of Sociology offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. The study of sociology helps students to develop an awareness of the connections between our individual experiences and the groups to which we belong. Learning the theories and methodologies of sociology provides students with an excellent foundation for a variety of careers, including law, government service, teaching, and business. The requirements for a major in sociology have been designed to facilitate the acquisition of skills in social scientific theorizing and research design. The student may use the credits available in electives to pursue an interest in a specific content area of the discipline such as social inequality, social psychology, social institutions, or deviance.

Students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major if they have fulfilled all requirements, achieved a grade point average of at least 3.70 in their sociology courses, and written and defended a senior thesis (SOCI 498). In their fourth year, all Sociology majors must complete SOCI 499 (Sociological Analysis).

Students who are planning to obtain certification in elementary or secondary education while majoring in sociology must consult with advisors in the department and in the School of Education in order to insure that both sets of requirements may be met. These students are advised to choose a minor which will broaden and strengthen their knowledge of social science.


B.A. Major in Sociology: 34 Credits
Lower Division
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
One of the following two: 3 credits
   SOCI 202 Statistics for Social Science
   MATH 121 Introductory Statistics
SOCI Lower-division electives
(excluding SOCI 100)
0-3 credits
Upper Division
SOCI 304 Research Methods 4 credits
SOCI 311 Classical Social Theory 3 credits
SOCI 312 Contemporary Social Theory 3 credits
SOCI Electives 12-15 credits
SOCI 499 Sociological Analysis 3 credits

Minor in Sociology: 18 Credits
Lower Division
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
SOCI Electives
(excluding SOCI 100)
0-6 credits
Upper Division
SOCI Electives 9-15 credits

The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of 59 to 62 credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first 31 credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University Core, while the remaining 28 to 31 credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.
Students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire fours years at Gonzaga.

  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and  PHIL  400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.
  4. Mathematics (3 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course on the 100 level or above; NURS 320 is substituted for a MATH course for BSN students; MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for students who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102 or 103H or 105 or 106.
  6. History (6 credits): HIST 101 and either HIST 102 or HIST 112 in their first year. If they are unable to complete all six 100-level HIST credits in their first year, HIST 201 or 202 may be substituted for one 100-level course after the first year.
  7. Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by Dean of Arts and Sciences.
  8. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.
  9. Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course in either MATH, CPSC, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or ITEC.
  10. Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285).
  11. Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments.
  12. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): one course in any foreign language (classical or modern) or one (foreign culture) course approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Foreign-language speaking students from foreign cultures who have completed the nine English core credits at Gonzaga prior to their fourth year (last thirty credits) may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the foreign language or Culture requirement..
  13. Social Justice (3 credits): One course on Social Justice issues related to experiences of difference (like race, class, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation), from courses approved by the Dean of Arts & Sciences; (may be combined with other core or major requirements).