Program Overview:

Major in Sociology

Sociology is a discipline that develops a humane understanding of the world. Courses offer a wide variety of approaches to fundamental issues of social inequality and its origins and consequences, including class and economic domination, race, ethnicity and gender. The sociology major prepares students to pursue careers in social research, social policy applications and teaching. It provides an excellent background for all professions involved in the major structures of modern society, such as business, public administration, law, medicine, journalism 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

Required Courses


  • 1 sociology course at the 100 or 200 level
  • 2 research courses (STAT 202, PSYCH 201, or SOCIOL 303)
  • SOCIOL 306 Sociological Theory
  • SOCIOL 398 Senior Reseach Seminar
  • 5 additional 300-level Sociology courses
  • 4 300-level related courses in African American studies, anthropology, economics, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology or gender studies, selected with approval of an adviser

Program Details

Sociology takes as its starting point 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.