Sociology, BA

The sociology major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience needed to navigate the many social worlds of peers, family, work and other cultural and institutional settings. Through course work, service learning and opportunities for research and internships, students gain the understanding of and ability to analyze human behavior and contemporary social issues and to evaluate and interpret research findings.

A major in sociology prepares students for professions in such fields as education, human resources, management, marketing, social services and student services, among others. The sociology major also prepares students well for graduate study in sociology or other fields, as well as professional study in law, medical fields and social work.


The department recommends SOCI 1001 Principles of Sociology as the beginning course in Sociology. Most upper-division courses have a recommended prerequisite of SOCI 1001 Principles of Sociology. This means that the instructor teaches the course as if all students enrolled have completed satisfactory work in the prerequisite. Students who have not taken SOCI 1001 Principles of Sociology may enroll in most upper-division courses, but they should be prepared to take full responsibility for independently obtaining an adequate background should they or the instructor feel that it is necessary.


  • SOCI 4986 Advanced Internship and Seminar in Sociology may not be counted toward the major or minor in Sociology.