The Sociology Program

What Can I Do With a Major in Sociology?

An undergraduate degree in sociology provides a strong liberal arts foundation for entry-level positions in social services, law or criminal justice, education, community development, marketing or other business-related fields and government jobs. Those who enter human services might work with youths at risk, the elderly or people experiencing problems related to poverty, substance abuse or the justice system. Those who enter the business world might work in sales, marketing, customer relations or human resources. Others may choose a teaching career. Sociology also offers valuable preparation for careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business or public administration — fields that involve investigative skills and working with diverse groups. In addition, an undergraduate degree in sociology is excellent preparation for future graduate work in sociology in order to become a professor, researcher or applied sociologist.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology

Major Requirements: (36 credits)
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits
AN 222 Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits
SO 235 Inequality and Social Problems - 3 credits
PY 203 Statistics I - 3 credits
SO 307 Sociological Theory - 3 credits
AN 360 Qualitative Research Methods - 3 credits
SO 405 Senior Seminar I - 3 credits
SO 450 Senior Seminar II - 3 credits
Any Four Sociology Electives - 12 credits 

Students are encouraged to select a complimentary area of study (minor or second major) in consultation with their faculty adviser.

Requirements for a Minor in Sociology
Required Courses(18 credits):
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits
SO 235 Inequality and Social Problems - 3 credits
Any four Sociology Electives*  - 12 credits 

 * In consultation with department chair.

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Sociology Accreditations and Affiliations

Department Affiliate, American Sociological Association

  • Learning Objectives
    • Understand the discipline of sociology and how it shapes our understanding of social reality by demonstrating the relevance of key concepts and applying the sociological imagination.
    • Understand the role of theory in sociology and how to apply key concepts of sociological inquiry in social analysis.
    • Understand the role of evidence and quantitative and qualitative research methods in sociology and to be aware of ethical issues of research.
    • Think critically by distinguishing between arguments based on empirical evidence and arguments based simply on opinion; identify underlying assumptions in theoretical orientations or methodological approaches; and examine one's own cultural practices, beliefs, and values.
    • Write clearly (or make a presentation) in order to communicate sociological content by writing an account of a social event, topic, issue, or problem in a clear and concise sociological analysis or writing a clear and concise report of the findings from empirical sociological analysis.
    • Be prepared for entry-level positions in their chosen fields or for admission into graduate programs.