Sociology Program Details
Sociology majors learn how to conduct and evaluate research, examine the social bases of behavior and analyze social institutions such as the economy, the family, education, religion, media, and government and social processes such as humor, attachment, interaction, intimacy, and group behavior.
Sociology majors develop competency in the contextualization of social behavior, the formulation of social inquiry, the social research process, and social analysis.
Students majoring in Sociology work with faculty in the department to select the appropriate sequence of courses in areas of special interest. In addition, for students with a strong interest in psychology, social work, or criminology, there is an opportunity to develop a double major program of study.
Upper-division sociology majors work with faculty on their own research projects, learning research skills from start to finish, and in off-campus supervised internships earning credits while exploring career choices.
Students also complete a senior capstone project, which serves as an opportunity to integrate and synthesize conceptual and research skills in a senior research project.
A sociology major is useful to students planning a career in any area where an understanding of human behavior, knowledge of social principles and research skills are important.
The Sociology program prepares you for graduate-level courses in sociology, statistics, social work, and criminal justice, as well as for careers in fields such as:
- Human resources
- Mental health
- Pharmaceutical research
- School health
- School counseling
- Social work
- Major or minor option
- Work with faculty to tailor your education to your specific interests
- Senior capstone project integrates knowledge into application
- Place events and behaviors in cultural and historical contexts, demonstrating how socio-cultural contexts influence thoughts, norm creation, and action
- Design and conduct a scientifically grounded research study that demonstrates mastery of data analysis and the research process
- Interpret and critically assess sociological theories and concepts using professional conventions of the discipline
- Implement sociological knowledge, skills, and values in an applied work setting in order to understand the organization and your role as a professional in it
- Integrate contextual, research, and theoretical skills in illustrating the sociological perspective of a given social issue or problem
*Employment projections taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report for employment category: Life, physical, and social science occupations.