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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

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.

Students may select from four concentrations or they may choose the general major:

The General Sociology Major (without concentration) is designed to further awareness and understanding of social life including the social causes and consequences of human behavior in groups, organizations, societies, and various cultures.

The four concentrations are:

  1. Community, Environment, and Development: This concentration emphasizes the causes, dynamics, and consequences of socioeconomic change for people, how they live in communities, and how they relate to the natural world.
  2. Family, Gender, and Sexuality: This concentration emphasizes the ways in which gender, sexuality, and kinship relations shape individual and group experiences.
  3. Inequality and Social Change: This concentration emphasizes inequalities, such as those of race, class, and sex, the manner in which such inequalities become structurally rooted in society, and the ways in which individuals and groups seek to reverse inequalities.
  4. Research Methods: This concentration includes coursework designed to enhance methodological skills and the use of statistical techniques associated with the collection, analysis, and presentation of social science data.
A minor in Sociology is also available.

Four-Year Degree Plan


To learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, view the Undergraduate Catalog. To take the next step on your climb to the top, apply today!

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