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Sociology Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Do you want to work as a Research Assistant in the Department of Sociology?

The Sociology Undergraduate Research Opportunity program (SURO) allows students to work as a research assistant in the department to learn more about a specific topic in the discipline while practicing sociological research methods. 

Working as an undergraduate research assistant provides useful skills, including:

  • creating annotated bibliographies,
  • abstracting (i.e. summarizing) journal articles,
  • learning how sociology research is conducted,
  • searching library databases relevant to the research topic,
  • becoming familiar with data collection and analysis procedures.

Students earn experiential credit for SOC 394 in the major and in the minor if approved as LJSC or SHM. A maximum of 6 credits in the Soc major and minors may come from SOC 394 SURO. SURO may be repeated for up to 8 credits only. 

What are the current projects?

Search the "Current Research Projects" page for an open project that is relevant to your interests. New projects are added each term.

How do I register?

Students must email the contact person (faculty member or graduate student) listed in the project description to apply. If accepted, the faculty member/graduate student must give written permission for an override by emailing

Students are responsible for making sure they are officially enrolled for SOC 394 before the semester add/drop deadline. 

Once Enrolled

If you are selected as a research assistant, you must meet with the SURO instructor to discuss the research topic, goals for the project, expectations, and schedule for your contribution. You will be expected to keep a record of the time you spend on tasks and describe research activities in journal format.

LJSC, SHM, and SSW Credit

Only projects notated as "LJSC approved," "SSW approved," or "SHM approved" will count toward the respective minors/sub-plans.

These approved projects will not automatically count toward the minor/sub-plan. Once you are enrolled in one of these approved projects for a minor or sub-plan, contact the department advisor at with your project section and title to request for a degree audit exception.

Experiential Credit Limit

SOC 394 counts as experiential credit. Check the limit of experiential credit allowed for your program (maximum of 6 credits in the major and minors).

Also prior to enrolling, check the repeatability of the course in the LSA Course Guide to make sure you are staying within the maximum amount of credits allowed for this course (8 credits).