Sociology is a highly versatile discipline that focuses on all aspects of society for the purpose of making a positive impact in people’s live. A sociological perspective cultivates an appreciation for diversity, creates informed citizens and fosters a deep understanding of the many social forces that shape the lives and behaviors of individuals and groups. By combining sociological theories and methods of inquiry with experiential opportunities, graduates are positioned for rewarding careers in social work, teaching, law, public policy, government, marketing and beyond.

Program Overview

As a sociology major, you’ll study diverse groups, along with a vast range of social dynamics, issues, and trends. You’ll learn how people are affected by social factors, such as health care, education, religion, social policy, and inequality. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to pursue a career as a teacher, social worker, youth counselor, police officer, community development specialist or epidemiologist, to name a few.  

Award-winning faculty mentors help you choose courses to tailor your studies to your specific interests. In addition, you have the option to focus your major with a concentration in either social services—with specialized training for a career in social work—or medicine and health, where you’ll learn about cultural and societal factors that affect health and behavior. 

Your education begins in the classroom, but expands far beyond it. In your junior year, you’ll apply your skills and gain valuable, real-world experience through internships in settings such as hospitals, schools, foster homes, nonprofits, addiction treatment centers or social service agencies.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Sociology Curriculum 

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, students majoring in Sociology must meet the following requirements for graduation:

Sociology Core Requirements
SO 101Introduction to Sociology3
SO 205From College to Career (CJ/GT 205)1
SO 244Social Stratification3
SO 290Research Methods (GT 290)3
SO 392Internship in the Community3
SO 382Studying Social Issues with Statistics (GT 382) 13
SO 385Senior Capstone (GT 385)3
Select 6 electives 218
Total Credits37

If students take MA 206 to fulfill the university quantitative literacy requirement, MA 206 can be used to fulfill the sociology statistics requirement. The sociology statistics course (SO 382) cannot be used for the university quantitative literacy requirement.


One of the electives could include AN 101, or AN 102, or AN 103; and one could be a criminal justice (CJ) course, so long as it is not cross-listed with sociology.

If students wish to focus their electives, they may take three classes (9 credits) of their 6 electives in either a social services concentration or a medicine and health concentration.

Social Services Concentration

For this applied concentration, students must take:

SO 394Advanced Internship Seminar in the Community3
Select three of the following:9
SO 225
Social Problems
SO 232
Women in the Criminal Justice System (CJ/WS 232)
SO 250
Youth Crime (CJ 250)
SO 260
Social Control and Deviance
SO 264
Social Welfare Institutions
SO 270
Program Planning and Administration (GT 270)
SO 311
Introduction to Social Work (GT 311)
SO 315
Case Management (GT 315)
SO 325
Counseling Older Clients (GT 325)
Total Credits12

Medicine and Health Concentration

For this concentration, students choose three classes (9 credits) from this list (one course may be from anthropology):

Select three of the following:9
AN 102
Bones, Genes, and Everything In Between: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
AN 250
Forensic Anthropology
AN 333
Ancient Food For Thought
AN 337
Anthropology of Health and Medicine
AN 350
& 350L
Tales from the Crypt: Research Methods in Bioarchaeology
and Research Methods in Bioarchaelogy Lab
AN 352
The Science of Human Diversity
SO 263
Sociology of the Aged (GT 263)
SO 266
Population and Society
SO 280
Illness and Disability
SO 305
Death, Grief & Bereavement (GT 305)
SO 315
Case Management (GT 315)
SO 325
Counseling Older Clients (GT 325)
SO 333
Drugs, Alcohol and Society (CJ 333)
SO 360
Sociology of Mental Illness
Total Credits9

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