The Sociology Department aims to understand the social changes taking place throughout the world and relate them to the developments in the contemporary United States. The curriculum allows students to acquire skills to see the social world from a critical perspective. Students also develop analytical tools to understand political life, social movements, social conflicts and issues of social justice with an emphasis on organized, socioeconomic, racialized and gendered inequalities from national and global perspectives.
- BA in Sociology
Internships, Research Opportunities and More
Sociology majors have the opportunity to earn honors and/or conduct independent research or community projects in the area of their interest with a chosen faculty member.
Exceptional students can accelerate their education and complete both the BA and MA in five years. This offers the benefit of an MA degree, which can be particularly valuable for students planning a career in public service and the nonprofit sector, as well as for those who want to strengthen their skills and knowledge in preparation for PhD program applications.
Student clubs applicable to the sociology major include Peace Action and Voices against Violence.
Some courses to consider in your first year:
- SOC 100 - Social Change:Intro Sociology
- SOC 180A - Special Topics In Sociology
- SOC 200 - Foundations Of Social Theory
- SOC 280A - Special Topics In Sociology
- SOC 305 - Social Research Methods
After You Graduate
A sociology major provides the foundation for further education and employment in social work, law, education, journalism, urban planning, market research, trade-union work, international non-governmental organizations and foundations, community social-justice institutions, shelters addressing domestic violence and the needs of the homeless, and other nonprofit fields.
You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!