SOCIOLOGY MAJOR, Concentration in research & analysis (CAR)


The Concentration in Analysis and Research—an elective option within the undergraduate sociology major—is designed for students who do well and are interested in research methods and statistics. CAR prepares students for entry-level jobs in applied social research and/or for graduate study. Key features of the concentration include advanced statistics courses, training in social science computing, and research. By selecting appropriate electives and internships, students may focus their training on demography, survey research, marketing and communications, criminal justice, health care, education, social services, natural resources, organizations, or personnel and human resources.

Requirements for the CAR Option

Concentration in Analysis and Research (CAR)—Option noted on transcript.

Faculty director: Professor James Raymo, 2446 Social Science; 608-262-2783;

To be admitted to the CAR program, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.000 (B) in Methods and Statistics. To complete the CAR program, students must complete the following 36 credits of SOC courses, meet the requirements and earn a minimum GPA of 3.000 in those courses unique to the CAR option.

All students are required to take four foundation core courses (Introduction, Research, Statistics, and Theory) and additional CAR Distribution courses in Statistics, Research, Computing, and Practicum that build on prior sociological and social scientific knowledge from the foundation core courses.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the four required foundation core courses as early as possible. These foundation courses are prerequisites for most upper-level courses and the option has several sequenced courses, some of which are taught only once a year.


36 credits 


Introduction to SOC (1 course)3-4
Survey of Sociology
The Sociological Enterprise
Honors Introductory Seminar-The Sociological Enterprise
Research Methods 1
SOC/​C&E SOC  357 Methods of Sociological Inquiry (Research Methods)3-4
Statistics 2
Select one of the following:3-4
Statistics: Measurement in Economics
Business Statistics
Quantitative Methods in Geographical Analysis
Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics II
Introduction to Psychology
Statistics for Sociologists I
Introduction to Statistical Methods
Introductory Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
Classical Theory
SOC/​C&E SOC  475 Classical Sociological Theory3


Select one of the following:3
Introductory Econometrics
Multivariable Statistical Inference for Political Research
Statistics for Sociologists II
Accelerated Introduction to Statistical Methods
SOC 362 Statistics for Sociologists III3
or STAT 312 Introduction to Theory and Methods of Mathematical Statistics II
SOC/​C&E SOC  365 Data Management for Social Science Research3-4
Research Electives (2 courses)6
Introduction to Mathematical Sociology
Mathematical Models of Social Systems
Talk and Social Interaction
Sociological Perspectives on the Life Course and Aging
Poverty and Place
Social Stratification
Demographic Techniques I
Applied Demography: Planning and Policy
Technology of Computer-Based Business Systems
Applied Dynamical Systems, Chaos and Modeling
Introduction to Stochastic Processes
Elections and Voting Behavior
Public Opinion
Research Methods
Introduction to Time Series
Introductory Nonparametric Statistics
An Introduction to Sample Survey Theory and Methods
Applied Categorical Data Analysis
Statistical Methods for Epidemiology
Technology of Computer-Based Business Systems
Marketing Research
Operations Research I
Operations Research II
SOC/​C&E SOC  693 Practicum in Analysis and Research3
Total Credits18-19


  • 2.000 GPA in all SOC courses and courses that count toward the major
  • 2.000 GPA on 15 upper-level major credits, taken in residence5
  • 15 credits in SOC, taken on the UW–Madison campus


This distinction is available to students who write a thesis but who do not earn Honors in the Major. A thesis of distinction requires a senior thesis of high caliber, but no specific cumulative grade point average is required.

 Students may declare the Concentration in Analysis and Research ("CAR"). Speak to the major advisor about this option.