The major in sociology offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts curriculum based on the study of the structure of and interactions among and within groups, institutions, and societies, providing an understanding of how individual behavior shapes and is shaped by group membership, with particular emphasis on class, race, gender, and age. Students majoring in sociology are exposed to a comprehensive program of study in one of three concentrations and are prepared for professional employment in a number of occupations in the public or private sector, or for graduate study in sociology, related social sciences, social work, education, or law. There are three concentrations available in this major: social analysissocial services and gerontology.

Career Opportunities

Sociology and criminology graduates are often employed in the helping professions. The recent trend is for many sociology-related occupations to require a graduate degree, including social work, therapy, counseling and case management.

Students who want to work in the social services field without a graduate degree often land in support positions or quasi-professional roles. One example would be a role like domestic violence counselor, which may require an undergraduate sociology or criminology degree plus completion of an in-house training course.

A sociology degree also serves as excellent preparation for students who want to pursue an advanced degree in business, law, public administration or urban planning.

A double major is offered for students interested in earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in sociology and a major in criminology. The department also offers minors and encourages its students to complete minors in related fields like social justice and civic engagement. Internships and service learning are vital educational tools in sociology and criminology.

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