Why do people behave the way they do in elevators, classrooms, and around town? What makes men and women different, and how much of that difference is learned rather than innate? How does the time in which we are living influence our choices, actions and beliefs? Sociology is the scientific study of the development, structure, and function of human groups and societies. The undergraduate program in the Department of Sociology provides a broad understanding of human society for students in every field and integrated programs for majors.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Gain a broad skillset for further study and your future career.

  2. Understand and cope with changes in society.

  3. Notice and analyze the dynamics of groups and organizations.

  4. Identify and address systematic social problems.

  5. Develop strong analytical and communication skills.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Sociology may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), a Master of Science (MS), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Sociology provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Human services agencies

Local, state, and federal government

Political campaigns

Non-profit organizations

Environmental and social advocacy groups

Local planning agencies

Media companies

Market research

Educational institutions
Alumni Jobs

Environmental justice and community outreach manager

Mental health associate

Human resources director

Social network recruiter

Child welfare case worker

Sports marketing coordinator

Occupational health manager

High school learning specialist

IT program administrator

Career and academic advisor
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
SOC 204 or 207, SOC 2xx/3xx, SOC 3xx/4xx

2nd Year
SOC 310, SOC 311, SOC 312

3rd Year
SOC 3xx/4xx, SOC 3xx/4xx, SOC 3xx/4xx

4th Year
SOC 4xx, SOC 4xx, SOC 4xx

Major Credits
Required 36
Electives 12

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Research (data collection, fieldwork)

Peer advising program

Career-oriented courses

Community internships
Experiential learning opportunities


Peer advising and leadership

SOC 401 (supervised research)

SOC 404 (internships with external agencies)

SOC 406 (Field Study)
Specialized Courses

Sociology of the Mass Media

Sociology of the Family

Sociology of Gender

Work and Occupations

Urban Sociology

Sociology of Developing Areas

Systems of War and Peace

Crime and Social Control

Sociology of Health and Medicine
Add A Minor Or Certificate



Political Science


Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

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