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Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) are required to fulfill a set of college, or distribution, requirements for graduation in addition to departmental requirements.

All Development Sociology majors are required to complete the following courses with a grade of "C-" or higher:

  • DSOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology (offered Fall and Spring)
  • DSOC 2010 Population Dynamics (offered Fall only)
  • DSOC 2050 International Development (typically offered Spring only, but in 2019-2020 only offered Fall 2019)
  • DSOC 3010 Theories of Society and Development (offered Fall only)
  • DSOC 3130 Social Indicators and Introduction to Social Science Research (offered Fall only)
  • DSOC 3700 Comparative Social Inequalities (offered Spring only)
  • One statistics course (Most majors take AEM 2100, ILRST 2100/STSCI 2100 or MATH 1710.)
  • Three additional elective DSOC courses, one of which must be at the 3000+ level
  • DSOC 4700 Senior Capstone Course (offered Fall and Spring)

The elective courses allow students to focus on particular themes in either a domestic or international setting in such areas as:

  • Sociology of development
  • Social processes linking environment, population and development
  • Ethnic and class stratification
  • Social movements & policy
  • Gender
  • Development

Students are encouraged to complement major courses with course work in other disciplines such as natural resources, anthropology, economics, area studies, government and policy analysis and management.