Sociology investigates the relationships between social order and social change in three areas: our personal lives, the communities we live in, and the world as a whole. When examining personal lives, sociologists study deviant behavior, family dynamics, and individuals’ racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities. At the community level, sociologists study poverty, prejudice and discrimination, education, corporate and business behavior, the criminal justice system, housing and homelessness, the health care system, and social movements. Finally, at the global level, they review human population dynamics, societal conflict, cultural diversity, socially-induced environmental change, globalization, and modernization. The Sociology program core consists of five courses that serve as an introduction to sociological theory and application, research methods, and social statistics. The remainder of the curriculum is comprised of elective courses from four areas of sociology: Diversity, Globalization, Criminology, and Population and Health. By the program’s end, graduates have the critical thinking skills and social awareness necessary to find work in a variety of fields.
The Student Experience
Enrich your studies, pad your resume, and pursue an area of interest by completing an undergraduate research project, internship, or learning abroad program. Students seeking involvement in their department and the opportunity to network may join the Sociology Student Advisory Committee (S-SAC) or Alpha Kappa Delta (an international sociology honor society).
Sociology students may find work in several areas public service. Take on roles in criminal justice as a parole counselor or rehabilitation specialist, enter the world of business as an HR or training representative, or find work as a social services case manager, advocate, or counselor. If students attend graduate school or complete certification programs, career options include work as lawyers, administrators, teachers, psychologists, therapists, librarians, professors, or researchers.