Sociology undergraduate students are expected to successfully complete a capstone experience in order to graduate with the Bachelor’s Degree. The choices of capstone experiences are:
- Senior Thesis
For the Senior Thesis, students will choose between an empirical project, or completing an extended literature review, based on an area of interest chosen by the student. These interests are explored and proposals are developed in the SOC 382: Introduction to Social Research course, ideally completed during the student’s junior year. The thesis is completed during the student’s senior year. For students interested in conducting their own research, they will complete an empirical project. Those who wish to perform in-depth analysis of existing research on a topic will complete an extended literature review.
Students who complete an Internship are expected to work for 90 hours in the community, hopefully for an agency of group whose work aligns with the student’s interests and goals. Students should ideally complete this experience during their senior year, though they will explore their interests and goals in both the SOC 382: Introduction to Social Research course, and the SOC 372: Proseminar course. Students who are interested in planning on an internship, especially if they are interested in completing the work over a summer, should be in contact with the Internship Coordinator in their sophomore or junior year.
To prepare you to choose either option, you will want to look through the Sociology Syllabi Archive to look at prior semesters for the SOC 492: Senior Project courses. Though specifics may change, semester to semester, this will give you some ideas of expectations for the Senior Projects.