We encourage and support students to study abroad through faculty-led programs and partnerships with universities in several countries.
Our Outstanding Undergraduate Award recognizes sociology majors who demonstrate extraordinary academic performance.
Our sociology majors have diverse career aspirations including urban planning, data analysis, community organizing, public education and government service.
Our programs help students develop an understanding of both everyday social behavior and the structural factors that contribute to social justices.
We offer a wide variety of courses that provide students with a solid background in sociology and help improve their understanding of society, community life and social dynamics. Whether you are a major or minor, we are happy that you’ve decided to make our department your home on campus.
Sociologists study power dynamics as they relate to family life, race, gender, class, sexuality, deviance, selfhood, social change, urbanization, aging, birth and death, and a host of applied topics. Students majoring in sociology explore the ways in which individual agency effects and is limited by social structures. Our degree program introduces students to key processes and methods, preparing them for a wide range of career paths in addition to preparing students for graduate work in sociology and related fields.
General Program Specialty Areas
- Health & Life Course
- Gender & Sexuality
- Race & Urban Studies
Students who wish to minor in sociology must take 15-18 hours in courses in sociology, including at least nine semester hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in sociology may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. (A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.) Students wishing to minor in sociology may seek advisement from a sociology undergraduate advisor.
This program allows students to complete a bachelor's and master’s degree in five years, saving time and tuition dollars. The program prepares students to enter Ph.D. programs in Sociology or to work outside academia. Students can receive training in social research skills that can allow them to work in industry or the non-profit sector as qualitative and quantitative researchers.
This undergraduate certificate program prepares students for employment in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), nonprofit institutions, grassroots activist collectives and corporate departments whose work involves subjects such as multiculturalism, community outreach and equity. The program requires 15 credit hours.