Undergraduate Majors in Sociology

  • Expanding Field of Sociology Provides Professional Paths

    As a sociologist, you will be trained to use systematic observations and scientific analysis to better understand the choices people make. Coupled with a broad liberal arts education, you will gain the knowledge necessary to consider many careers. Human services and various types of counseling are an excellent way to begin your professional life with a sociology degree. Probation and corrections departments also require a sociology background, and with the addition of a graduate degree you may consider law school.

    Sociology majors can also take full advantage of our internship program. You can choose this hands-on experience to develop and extend your skills in a variety of agencies and communities. These internships can either help clarify your career goals or they can lead direct to employment.

    Sociology: General Sociology Track, BA

    • Prepare to apply your analytic skills in a wide range of settings within three major employment arenas: business, industry, and government.
    • Consider a double major in related fields, such as psychology or criminology.
    • Broaden your grasp of sociology so that you may continue to post-graduate studies.

    Sociology: Human Services Track, BA

    • Concentrate on one of the many needs in human services so that you become skillful at addressing issues related to juvenile delinquency, gerontology, or family and interpersonal dynamics, to name a few.
    • Discover the origins of the challenging issues that erode the progress of modern societies.
    • Open your mind and heart to the crippling nature of poverty, racial discrimination, substance abuse, and domestic violence.

    Sociology: Sociology of Disability Services Track, BA

    • Master the therapeutic skills needed to address a broad menu of needs, including intellectual disabilities and intervention programs.
    • To better prepare you in a multidisciplinary curriculum, complement your studies by adding a second major in disability services or a minor in education of exceptional persons, offered by the Department of Special Education and Clinical Services.
    • To enhance your employment opportunities, also consider minors in psychology or child development and family relations.

    Social Science Education, Sociology Concentration, BSEd

    • Get experience in front of a classroom and the feedback to excel as a social science teacher with our outstanding student teaching program.
    • Delve deeper into the core concepts you'll one day teach.
    • Expand your understanding of the field, and prepare for interdisciplinary teaching environments by learning how sociology relates to other fields.

    Sociology Honors Program

    Designed to enrich the undergraduate education of qualified sociology majors.

    • Open by departmental permission to declared sociology majors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in sociology courses.
    • To apply or nominate yourself, you must have earned 15 credits in sociology, including SOC 320: Sociological Theory.

    Minor in Sociology, General Sociology

    • Advance your goals for entering the human service arena.
    • Prepare for graduate studies.

    Minor in Sociology, Human Services

    • Prepare for career options in human service fields.
    • Diversify your future career paths by adding this minor.

    Minor in Sociology of Disability Services

    • Expand your employment possibilities with your knowledge of disability services.
    • Gain understanding and expertise that can be valuable in a variety of positions.

    Minor in Child and Adult Advocacy Studies

    • Take a more specialized approach to serving people in these age groups.
    • Benefit from an interdisciplinary program combining psychology and sociology courses.
    • This minor, designed for undergraduate students, prepares you for a variety of careers.

    Certificate in Child And Adult Advocacy Studies

    • Expand your knowledge and skills with this certificate designed for working professionals.
    • Psychology and Sociology combine in this interdisciplinary program featuring 12 credits of specialized courses.