Environmental Studies-Sociology Combined Major Checklist


_____  One course at the 100-level. Choose from: 

  • SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 110 Global Problems
  • SOC 112 Inequality
  • SOC 161 Social Problems and Policy
  • SOC 169 Media & Society
  • SOC 187 Environment and Society

Combined majors may take additional sociology courses at the 100 level, but a maximum of 2 such courses may be counted towards the major.

_____  203 Foundations of Social Theory: Prerequisite: any 100-level or 200-level Sociology course.

_____  300 Qualitative Research Methods or 301 Quantitative Research Methods: Prerequisite: SOC 203 Foundations of Social Theory.

_____   Two Socioenvironmental Dynamics Courses. Choose from:

  • SOC 233 Consuming Food
  • SOC 235 Earning a Living: Work and Occupations in a Global Economy
  • SOC 253 Race, Class, and Environmental Justice
  • SOC 257 Environmental Problems
  • SOC 263 Sociology of Disaster
  • SOC 264 Environmental Movements
  • SOC 265 Sociology of Climate Change
  • SOC 267 Environment and Society
  • SOC 268 Sustainable Development
  • SOC 269 Population and Natural Resources
  • SOC 288 Dilemmas of Development
  • SOC 314 Nomads in World History                  
  • SOC 377 Sociology of Consumption

Other courses, including Special Topics courses, may be considered in consultation with the Department Chair.

_____  Advanced Topics Seminar: any 300 or 400 level topical course, including Special Topics courses. Prerequisites: one sociology course at the 100-level and one sociology course at the 200-level.  SOC 203 Foundations of Social Theory and/or Research Methods recommended but not required.

_____   Two additional electives in Sociology:  ___________________ and _______________________

_____  Optional: Majors who wish to pursue additional independent research in sociology:

  • SOC 489/490 SYE: Research (1.0 credit, 1 semester, Fall or Spring). Prerequisites:  SOC 203 Foundations of Social Theory, SOC 300 or 301 Research Methods, and the SYE Application submitted to the Sociology Department for approval during the semester prior to the project’s start.


_____   101 Introduction to Environmental Studies (prerequisite to upper level courses)

_____   Three Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) courses.  

  • 203 Land Use Change in the Adirondacks
  • 216 Climate Change Policy
  • 231 Health Effects of Pollution
  • 249 Outdoor Recreation and Public Land
  • 261 Sustainable Agriculture
  • 263 Global Change and Sustainability
  • 275 Energy and the Environment
  • 269 Restoration Ecology
  • 301 Pollution of Aquatic Ecosystems
  • 302 Air Pollution
  • 326 The Once and Future Forest
  • 363 Tourism and the Environment
  • 370 Global Amphibian Decline
  • 376 Ecosystem Based Management
  • 371 Landscape Ecology

_____   One Nature/Society (N/S) course

_____   One elective from dual-listed courses in natural sciences

_____   One elective ENVS: any course listed under ENVS, or from programs abroad if pre-approved:

OPTIONAL:  Majors who wish to pursue HONORS through independent research:

  • ENVS498/499 or SOC498/499 (2.0 credits, 2 semesters, 498 in Fall AND 499 in Spring).  Honors should incorporate credits from both departments and at least one committee member from each department. The faculty mentor may be in either department.  Prerequisites: 3.5 major GPA, SOC 203 Foundations of Social Theory, SOC 300 or 301 Research Methods, and SYE Application submitted to the Sociology Department for approval during the semester prior to the project’s start.

15 Units Total

Courses that are dual-listed with Environmental Studies should be taken under the sociology number and count toward the sociology portion of the combined major.


1.    Majors and minors may transfer into their major/minor no more than two approved courses from other institutions, St. Lawrence departments and programs outside the sociology department, or University-approved study abroad/off-campus programs. Permission from the department chair is required for transfer.

2.   Majors and minors may count no more than one SOC 390 Independent Study toward their major/minor.

3.   Majors and minors may count no more than two SOC 290 Independent Study courses toward their major/minor.

4.   No more than a total of two SOC 290/390 Independent Study courses can be applied to the major/minor.

5.   Core courses for the major (theory, research methods, and Capstone seminars/projects) must be taken in the department.