Major Description

Sociology is the examination of social interactions of people in groups and the causes and consequences of the human behavior within the groups. Sociologists explore the complexities of the structure and dynamics of social systems among cultures and societies. It is an excellent major for individuals fascinated by groups and the social behavior of people. Students will have the opportunity to study race relations, gender, social class, religion, and ethnic background.

Courses That Introduce the Major:
  • SOC 100—Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 101 - Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 160 - Global Inequality and Social Change
  • SOC 162 - Intro to International Health Policy
  • SOC 163 - Social Problems
  • SOC 196—Issues in Sociology

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Sociology provides a basis to pursue social science fields, law, social work, business, and public service.

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Data analysis
  • Research/Grant writing
  • Interpret results of different types of data
  • Analyze data with statistical software packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata)
  • Work with people who differ in race, ethnicity, gender, or class
  • Make an evidence-based argument
  • Identify ethical issues in sociological research
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Adoption Agent 
  • Advertising Assistant 
  • Alcohol/ Drug Case Worker
  • Case Aid Worker 
  • Child Welfare Officer 
  • Community Service Agency
  • Congressional Aid 
  • Consumer Advocate 
  • Correctional Case Worker
  • Corrections Officer 
  • Data Analyst 
  • Day Care Worker 
  • Delinquency Counselor 
  • Family Guidance Clinic
  • Foster Care Worker 
  • Human Resources
  • Job Analyst 
  • Labor Relations Rep.
  • Mental Health Worker 
  • News Correspondent 
  • Parole/Probation Officer 
  • Personnel Interviewer 
  • Personnel Specialist 
  • Public Opinion Surveyor 
  • Recreation Therapist 
  • Secret Service Agent 
  • Social Scientist 
  • Social Welfare Examiner 
  • Social Worker 
  • Teacher
  • Technical Writer 
  • Welfare Counselor 
  • Writer/Author 

Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.

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Further Information:

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Sociology.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Sociology.  These organizations include American Sociological Association and International Sociological Association.