Sociology is the study of social life including the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It looks at groups, organizations, and societies— how they develop and change and how people interact in them. Since so much that humans do is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, from divisions by race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, from the sociology of work to the sociology of popular music. Indeed sociology seems to offer something for everyone, and its career potential is becoming increasingly recognized by today’s students.
We offer coursework for those who are pursuing a variety of careers. Our students have practice in many of the skills most desired by today’s employers, including the ability to communicate effectively and promote teamwork, to frame and solve problems realistically, to plan and evaluate projects and programs, to prepare clear and concise reports and manuals, and to speak effectively in varied group situations.
Starting your bachelor's degree program can be completed by following the steps below:
To Apply to WKU:
Complete the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application
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Kentucky and Out-of-State Residents
A major in sociology (775) leads to a bachelor of arts degree and requires a minimum of ten courses (31 semester hours) in sociology including six required courses. A student works closely with an advisor to develop an individualized program to fit his or her personal interests and career goals. Some students choose to sample a variety of topics, while others prefer to focus on a particular area of study. Examples of topical areas include social psychology, research methods and evaluation, and criminology and deviance.
Please note: Courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.
Required Courses (16 Hours)
|SOCL 100||Introduction to Sociology|
|SOCL 200||200 Elective from List|
|SOCL 300||Using Statistics in Sociology|
|SOCL 302||Strategies of Social Research|
|SOCL 304||Sociological Theory: Perspectives on Society|
|SOCL 499||Senior Seminar (1 credit hour)|
Required Electives (min. 15 Hours)
|SOCL 210||Interaction with Self and Society|
|SOCL 220||Marriage and Family|
|SOCL 240||Contemporary Social Problems|
|SOCL 309||Social Deviance|
|SOCL 322||Religion in Society|
|SOCL 324||Sociology of Sport|
|SOCL 332||Juvenile Delinquency|
|SOCL 342||Aging in Society|
|SOCL 352||Technology, Work, and Society|
|SOCL 360||The Community in Rural and Urban Settings|
|SOCL 375||Diversity in American Society|
|SOCL 450||Occupations and Professions|
Please Note: In addition to the courses listed above, the Sociology Major requires a minor and 44 hours as part of the Colonnade (formerly General Education) program. Minors, as well as select Colonnade courses, are available online.Please work with your advisor or support staff in WKU Online to identify online options.
There are several minors available online. Your advisor can assist you in planning your program in a way that best meets your needs.
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