Sociology is the scientific study of social life. They seek to answer questions about human behavior using scientific research methods such as statistical analysis, survey research, ethnography, conversational analysis, and content analysis. The results of sociological investigations help develop new theories and inform social policy, programs, and laws.
Sociologists study a broad array of topics including intimate relationships, friendship groups, families, education, politics, economic arrangements, organizations, law, crime, inequality, deviance, illness, and more. We are curious about what is going on in the world and more importantly: why and how?
Students learn to work creatively with new and
challenging problems, conduct research, develop analytical and
critical thinking skills, and learn to communicate ideas effectively
both orally and in writing. Because this is a such broad field of inquiry,
sociology majors are well-equipped to enter a wide range of occupational
areas, including corporations, government agencies, social service
institutions, legal and law enforcement professions.
We offer both a B.A. degree and a B.S. degree and students may choose either the General Sociology or the Sociology of Law, Criminology, or Deviance (LCD) option of our major. More information can be found here.
Check out our Advising page to learn who we are, where to find us, our walk-in hours, and how to declare one of our majors or minors. We strongly encourage students to declare before you earn 60 credits.
It is never too early to start going to CLA Career Services in 411 STSS to help tie your major, degree, internships, and volunteer experiences together for your post-graduation plans.
The College of Liberal Arts in conjunction with the School of Public Health is offers an Undergraduate Public Health Minor. The minor is jointly advised by Sociology and Geography.
Get up-to-date undergraduate Sociology alerts, upcoming events, listings for job, internship, and volunteer opportunities, and more by checking out the announcements in the Soc Scene
Much of the text on this page is adapted from the American Sociological Association's brochure "Sociology: A 21st Century Major."
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