The UWM Department of Sociology offers a variety of types of undergraduate courses.
- Introductory courses (100-level) give an overview of the field of sociology, and are accessible to all students.
- Courses at the 200-level are generally open to students who have completed a 100-level course and are of (at least) sophomore standing. 200-level courses focus on particular subfields of sociology, such as sociology of work, social inequality, and sexuality.
- Upper-division undergraduate courses (300 or 400-level) are intended for juniors and seniors who have taken an introductory-level course, and guide students in a more intensive, in-depth analysis of the subject matter.
- Seminars are small classes that encourage student participation.
- Internships (available through enrollment in Sociol 489) provide opportunities for sociology majors to work in settings outside the university. Internships help develop the skills acquired as an undergraduate sociology student and give a sense of job possibilities available upon graduation.
- An Independent Study Course (enrollment in Sociol 199 or 399) is available to qualified students. With the approval of the supervising professor, students register in either 199 or 399 after preparing a study proposal. The study proposal would include the following information:
- general statement of subject matter;
- description of student’s activities; e.g., books/journal articles read (list titles), surveys or interviews conducted, etc.;
- and, description of how student will be evaluated; e.g., oral reports, exams, papers, etc.
This study proposal would then be included with the Sociol 199 or 399 Independent Study Form. The study proposal must be approved by both the department chair and the Office of Student Academic Services in the College of Letters and Science. Failure to obtain approval will result in an administrative drop from the course.