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Sociology and Social Work Subplan

The Sociology and Social Work subplan seeks to offer students a substantive and cohesive curriculum relating to issues at the intersection of sociology and social work, including the study of social and economic inequality, the amelioration of unmet human needs, and the empowerment of individuals and communities. The subplan will prepare students to enter the MSW program at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work.

The Sociology and Social Work subplan requires 33 credits overall, not including the prerequisite course or graduate level coursework in the School of Social Work.

Prerequisite course

Before declaring the Sociology major with a subplan in Sociology and Social Work, students must complete a pre-requisite course with a C- or better. The credits from the prerequisite course cannot be included in the 33 credits required to complete the major and subplan.

  • First and second year students should enroll in either SOC 100: Intro to Soc, SOC 102: Intro to Soc: Special Topics, or SOC 195: Honors Intro to Soc.
  • Third and fourth year students should enroll in either SOC 300: Principles and Problems of Sociology or SOC 302: Health & Society- Intro to Soc. 


Required Courses (approximately 19 credits):

1. SOC 210 or STATS 250 - Statistics
2. SOC 305 - Introduction to Sociological Theory
3. SOC 310 - Introduction to Sociological Research Methods
4. SW 305 - Community Action and Social Change
5. SOC 225 - Project Community: Sociology in Action


Elective Credits (remaining credits):

  • A student must complete at least 12 credit hours with a C- or better from the following list of approved courses.
  • A minimum of 8 credits must be elected in the at the 300-level or above


Approved Sociology and Social Work Subplan Elective Courses:
Electives for the Sociology and Social Work subplan will give students an appreciation for various social, cultural, and economic factors and an understanding of how these factors interact in the populations that professional social workers serve. Students are encouraged to select electives based on their intended career pathway.

Current Term Sociology Subplan Courses

SOC 203: Multiculturalism
SOC 204: International Migration
SOC 221: Social Inequality
SOC 233: Social Problems
SOC 250: Politics, Power, and Social Change
SOC 303: Race and Ethnicity
SOC 304: American Immigration
SOC 325: Project Community Advanced Practicum*
SOC 335: Urban Inequality
SOC 344: Sociology of Families
SOC 345: Sociology of Sexuality
SOC 354: Law and Society
SOC 368: Criminology
SOC 391: Sociology in Practice*
SOC 404: Latinos
SOC 422: Latin America
SOC 447: Sociology of Gender
SOC 455: Sociology of Religion
SOC 458: Sociology of Education
SOC 461: Social Movements
SOC 468: Inside-Out Prison Exchange*
SOC 488/489*: Community Organizing (only 489 is experiential)*

Students may also include the following courses with appropriate topics as approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies:

SOC 295: Topics in Sociology (1-4 credits)
SOC 394: Undergraduate Research (1-4 credits)*
SOC 395: Independent Study (1-4 credits)*
SOC 396: Undergraduate Internship (1 credit)*
SOC 495: Topics in Sociology (1-4 credits)

* Experiential Learning/Independent Study Classes

Credit/Plan Exclusions

A maximum of 4 elective credits in the subplan may come from Experiential Learning or Independent Study style courses. This includes but is not limited to SOC 325, 391, 394, 395, 396, 468, and 488. SOC 225 is a required experiential course and is not included in this limit.

The department will allow up to one course with significant sociological content related to Sociology and Social Work from other LSA departments or transfer institutions to be included in the subplan. Students interested in petitioning to include a non-SOC course or transfer course in their subplan should complete the course petition process which includes submitting a petition form and the course syllabus.

Students majoring in Sociology with a subplan in Sociology and Social Work are not permitted to elect a minor in Community Action and Social Change, or double major in Social Theory and Practice.