Program Overview:

Undergraduate Sociology Major

Sociology is a discipline that develops a humane understanding of the world by first examining the social relations that structure individual behavior. Students who major in sociology focus centrally on social collectivities such as legal and medical organizations, economic classes, families, social movements and groups defined by racial, ethnic and gender identities. Sociology majors develop expertise in the ways in which social relations create and maintain inequalities, whether at the level of individuals, groups, or whole societies. Courses in the major offer a wide variety of approaches to fundamental social issues of social inequality and their origins and consequences.

Study of sociology develops analytical and research skills valuable for many professions and disciplines. It provides an excellent background for graduate study and for careers involved in the major structures of modern society such as business and management, consulting, public administration, planning, marketing, law, health care, and planning.

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate a sociological perspective on the interconnection between social structures and the life experiences of individuals
  • Use and analyze classic and contemporary sociological theories and qualitative and quantitative social science research methods
  • Apply sociological insights to analyze and address major social issues
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for and an understanding of social diversity in contemporary culture
  • Write persuasively and communicate effectively
  • Work independently and conduct independent research


Distribution Requirements

Sociology Major Requirements