The Department offers students the opportunity to obtain applied experience as part of their education and to record that experience on their official transcript as SYA4941 Internship in Sociology.
- Internships are not required, but often prove beneficial to students for various reasons.
- Foremost is the opportunity to apply the sociological theories, concepts, and principles learned in class to “real-life” situations.
- Internships also provide the chance to “network,” or develop working relationships with supervisors who will be in a position to write reference letters and further career development opportunities. Some internships even evolve into full-time positions following graduation.
Eligibility and Requirements
- Normally the internship course requires 120 hours of on-site agency work, directed reading, and writing.
- A list of possible internship sites and additional information about the course requirements are available here and in the Sociology Undergraduate Advising Office (3231 Turlington).
- Students must arrange for a faculty member in Sociology (graduate student instructors may not sign off on internships) to supervise their work well before the semester they intend to take the internship course.
- Both the student and faculty member must sign the Internship Permission Form (available in 3231Turlington or on this website) before a student is allowed to register for SYA4941.
- SYA4941 is a 3 credit hour course and carries the prerequisites of at least 6 previous hours of sociology coursework and junior standing.
- SYA4941 may be repeated for credit a second time at a different site with departmental approval.
Undergraduate Research (SYA4911)
Students may enroll in SYA4911 Undergraduate Research if they wish to gain practical research experience by assisting a professor with ongoing research. In most cases, the student will have previously developed a working relationship with the professor by taking another course with her or him. Interested students should consult with a faculty member in Sociology (graduate student instructors may NOT sign off on this work). The professor and student are free to decide between themselves how the research work will be structured and evaluated. SYA4911 credits may also be used to conduct preliminary work for a prospective senior honors thesis.
Students may enroll in SYA4911 for 0-3 credit hours. SYA4911 may be repeated for up to a total of 8 credit hours (in combination with SYA4905) WITH CHANGE OF CONTENT.
Individual Work (SYA4905)
Students may enroll in SYA4905 Individual Work if they wish to study areas not covered by formal courses. Interested students should consult with a faculty member in Sociology (graduate student instructors may NOT sign off on this work). In most cases, the student will have developed a working relationship with the supervising professor in previously completed coursework. The professor and student are free to decide between themselves how the independent study will be structured and evaluated. SYA4905 can be taken for 1-4 credit hours and carries the prerequisites of at least 9 hours of previous sociology coursework and signed consent of a faculty member. SYA4905 may be repeated for up to a total of 8 credit hours (in combination with SYA4911) WITH CHANGE OF CONTENT.
Please note: SYA4905 and SYA4911 cannot be substituted for any requirement and can only be used as an elective for the sociology major.
Registering for SYA4911 or SYA4905
To arrange enrollment in either SYA4911 or SYA4905, students should obtain a permission form available on this website or from the Sociology Undergraduate Advising Office (3231 Turlington), secure the proper signatures as noted on the form, and return the form to 3231 Turlington to receive the section number for the course. The faculty member and the student must both sign the forms acknowledging that these courses (SYA4911 and SYA4905) do not fulfill any general education or Gordon Rule requirements and that the Department will not substitute credits earned through these courses for any college or departmental requirement other than a sociology elective.
Many sociology majors utilize a semester studying abroad and find this to be a very rewarding experience. If you plan to study abroad and want sociology credit for a course, you will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork as part of your application for overseas study available in the Study Abroad Services office at the International Center and have it evaluated by the Sociology Undergraduate Coordinator and your appropriate college. This must be done well in advance of you going abroad.