Sociology

From tribal communities to global industrial processes, social relationships and institutions are the fabric of societies across the globe.

At its core, sociology is the study of human behavior in a group setting. Sociology majors develop a number of practical scientific skills including research, computer and statistical, with the opportunity to apply these skills by participating in faculty research projects as early as freshman year. Studying sociology gives you the ability to analyze information, reach a meaningful conclusion, and communicate and apply that knowledge in various complex situations.

Key Classes for Your Success

Gender & Society


What are we talking about when we talk about gender? How do issues related to gender and gender expression interact with other identities, like race, class, and sexuality? In this course, you’ll use a sociological lens to explore important themes like gender roles, gender representation in the media, the spectrum of sexuality, political and economic issues, and various theories related to gender.

Social Class & Inequality


To understand contemporary social interactions, you must understand the role of social equality in issues of power, privilege, and prestige. In this course, you will learn about the development of ruling classes and elites, as well as social mobility and bases of inequality with an emphasis on how they may impact our society in the future.

Sports, Crime & Society


In this course, you will examine the world of athletics and discuss sports as a microcosm of society. You’ll analyze the relationship between sport and crime through sociological and criminological lenses, with particular attention to themes like subculture, deviance, white collar crime, domestic violence, and the unintended consequences of sport in the United States and abroad.

Is This Concentration Right For You?

Criminology
A concentration in criminology is available to students who are interested in careers in law enforcement, correction, and other criminal justice agencies.

One Degree That Opens All These Doors

Human Resources Manager

$65,744

Social Worker

$45,471

Sociologist

$52,128

Parole Officer

$43,071

Career Counselor

$43,369

Child Welfare Specialist

$38,382

Community Outreach Coordinator

$40,900

Mental Health Worker

$32,459

Nursing Home Administrator

$88,214

Public Relations Manager

$65,227

Substance Abuse Counselor

$38,816

Youth Counselor

$35,512

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