Sociology Major

Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s subject matter is as diverse as the subject it studies. Students who have been well trained in sociology know how to think critically about human social life and how to ask important research questions. Through its particular perspective, its social theories, and research methods, sociology increases awareness and analysis of the human social relationships, cultures, and institutions. Students trained in sociology have learned how to think, how to evaluate, and how to communicate effectively. These are all valuable abilities in a wide variety of vocations and professions. More specifically, a degree in sociology can qualify you for a career in human services administration, counseling, journalism, public office, law enforcement, corrections, social work or education. Sociology also provides a foundation for graduate study in theology, political science, the medical sciences, the arts, the humanities, and the service professions, as well as graduate study in sociology.

Degree Outcomes

Students learn the sociological perspective.

Students learn social theories and research methods.

Students learn to engage in the analysis of the human social culture.

Example Courses

  • SOC 1013: Introduction of Sociology
    A survey of the terms, research methods, and theoretical bases of Sociology. The dynamics of human interaction, societal institutions, and development of the human community are considered
  • SOC 3073: Race, Class and Gender
    This course is a survey of the objective and subjective dimension of social stratification and inequality in the United States. This includes the examination of both historical and contemporary perspectives and involves the study of factors such as social mobility, ethnicity, conflict, race, social class, and gender
  • SOC 4023: Social Theory
    A study of the ideas and philosophies that shape the sociological perspective. The various contemporary theoretical orientations of sociologists are considered.
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