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What you can do with a BS in Sociology

Sociology Overview

Immerse yourself in the study of people, culture and society. Learn about the key social factors that influence groups and organizations and develop skills in research and data analysis.

If you’re interested in the study of people, culture, and society, a career in sociology might be right for you. In this fascinating program, you’ll study:

  • The basic structure of human society
  • Transmission of culture and regulation of behavior
  • Acquisition of the social self
  • Deviance
  • Stratification by class, race, ethnicity, sex, and age
  • Urbanization
  • Major social institutions
  • Population dynamics
  • Socio-cultural change

In addition to acquiring an in-depth understanding of the key social factors that affect groups and organizations, students will gain an understanding of basic research methods and develop critical reasoning skills.

Sociology outcomes

Career Opportunities

This major will prepare you for jobs in the public and private sectors, including law enforcement, social services, business, urban centers, government and health centers.

For those interested in the clinical sociology specialization, professional roles include: mediator, counselor, group facilitator, mitigation expert, and organization consultant.

An undergraduate degree in sociology also prepares students for graduate study in a variety of fields such areas as urban planning, crime and delinquency, minorities and ethnic studies, family counseling, anthropology, alcohol and substance abuse, social psychology, social work, medical sociology, women's studies, demography and gerontology.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Program Outcomes

  • Construct a coherent explanation of the major theoretical paradigms (conflict / structural functionalism / symbolic interactionism) and major concepts in sociology

  • Identify and compare quantitative and/or qualitative methods, research design, and basic statistical tools during sociological research

  • Explain how the study of social class, ethnicity, gender, age, race, and religion can facilitate cultural competencies and social and personal awareness

  • Apply sociological principles, theories, and research to personal, cultural, and organizational situations

Program Details & Curriculum


General Liberal Arts and Sciences

General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
Major Concentration—English: 36 Credits
Open Electives: 24 Credits

Total: 120 Credits


Students who choose the major concentration in Sociology must complete:

  • SOCL 226 Computers Soc/Behv Sciences
  • SOCL/ LAWS/ POLS/ PSYN 255 Managing Human Conflict I
  • SOCL/ BHSC 249 Race, Culture & Ethnicity
  • SOCL 348 Methodology Soc/Beh Sciences
  • SOCL 370 Stats Socl/Behv Sciences
  • SOCL 426 Classics Socl/Beh Sciences

Plus six major elective courses in Sociology numbered 200 and above selected under advisement.

Residency Requirement

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of Sociology.

*SOCL 101 is a prerequisite for the major courses in Sociology and fulfills part of the General Education requirement.

Students may also participate in the CASAC-T Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Standardized 350-Hour Education and Training Program.