Sociology is the scientific study of human interaction and society. Understanding how societies work, what is their diverse organization and how they change is the goal of the discipline. It includes the study of institutions such as family, welfare, work, education, and social work. Also prominent in Sociology is the study of the problems facing society such as crime, poverty, juvenile delinquency, aging and minority group relations. It is unique among the social sciences because it is not limited in focus to a single institution but emphasizes the relations among all parts of society.

The undergraduate major in Sociology is valuable training for a variety of occupations. Many Sociology majors go on to fascinating careers in diverse jobs that are emerging with our changing society. Our recent graduates have become a Pension Counselor, Family Life Counselor, Hospital Social Worker, Probation Counselor, Retail Sales Manager, Insurance Agent, and Department Store Buyer. A deep understanding of the dynamics of social behavior is useful in virtually any occupation where people assist other people with serious concerns in their lives.

In addition to the preparation of students for the world of work, Sociology is an excellent major to prepare for graduate and professional degrees in social work, public administration, health care administration, personnel management, city planning, and law. Few other majors prepare a student for such a broad range of post graduate choices. At the very least, Sociology prepares students for life, no matter what one’s choice of occupation.

Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Compatible Minors:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Government
  • History
  • Business Administration
  • Human Resources Management

(Students may double major in any of the above disciplines as well as Education.)

Special Features

Students have the opportunity to take an internship in various social agencies (i.e., urban planning, social service agencies or social research programs.)