Sociologists seek to understand and study the social world and how human beings come to think and act as they do. Sociology majors develop an understanding of how society is developed out of intricate patterns of human social organization, learn to create and use scientific tools of analysis, and practice the application of scientific knowledge to the analysis of social problems and the transformation of society. Students have available many opportunities to apply the theories and research methods of sociology through classroom-based activities and community-based experiential learning and internships as they explore career alternatives. Sociology is a liberal arts major that prepares students for a wide variety of career fields.
The Sociology B.A. degree program is flexible. Beyond the core of required courses, students choose among a wide variety of options and can use these options to meet personal or career interests by developing a concentration or carefully selecting individual courses. Students can also opt to continue exploring Sociology by completing an academic concentration or one or more of the minors focused on sociological specializations available within the Department: Community Development; International Sociology; or Medical Sociology or an Interdisciplinary Minor supported by Sociology: Gender Studies or Substance Abuse.