Our current Carolina Core Integrative course is SOCY 303. We propose to replace it with the Integrative course SOCY 561 (Integrative Research Experience). The proposal for SOCY 561 is concurrently submitted.
We will still require SOCY 303, and reduce the number of elective courses at the 300-level or above to 4 (previously 5). SOCY 302 will continue to be required.
We will now require the new SOCY 561, along with two elective SOCY courses at the 500-level.
These changes will not affect the 27 credit hours required for the major.
We expect that these changes will better achieve the overall objectives of the integrative core course. Our experience now after several years of offering the integrative course at the 300-level is that students need more SOCY courses in order to do well in the integrative core course. By offering it at the 500-level, students will take it later in their undergraduate careers. This should accomplish our goals.