Jul 21, 2024  

Sociology, B.A.

The 36-hour major in sociology is designed for students to explore the breadth of the discipline and gain a foundation in the theories and methods of the sociologist. It requires proficient writing and analytical skills, and fosters critical thinking. The Bachelor of Arts in sociology prepares students for careers in business, government, or the nonprofit sector, and for a variety of graduate programs, as well as being part of a liberal arts education. A major in sociology is particularly suited to careers in human or public services, social research, the law, education, or religion. Sociology majors at all locations and delivery systems can select the General track. Sociology majors at University Campus and some other locations may choose from two additional specializations: 1) Applied & Clinical or 2) Diversity & Inequality.

University Campus Only Course Requirements

University Explorations (42 credit hours)

Core Requirements


Majors are strongly encouraged to take Spanish language courses.

Applied & Clinical Specialization

A specialization in clinical/applied sociology prepares students for a wide variety of client-based sociological positions, including support group facilitator, mitigation expert/mediator, organizational consultant, program evaluator, or community group advocate. Clinical/applied sociological training can often include an internship for hands-on career preparation, helping people and organizations by applying one's sociological imagination. 

In addition to the core requirements for the Sociology major, students with a specialization in Applied & Clinical sociology are required to take the following:

Diversity & Inequality Specialization

A specialization in diversity/inequality equips students with a heightened understanding of the causes and consequences of social inequalities, and with the high-demand ability to work with diverse populations. A diversity/inequality training in sociology prepares students for entering positions such as public relations specialist, human resources manager, case manager, program analyst, marketing/big data analyst, school counselor, military support specialist, or diversity trainer.

In addition to the core requirements for the Sociology major, students with a specialization in Diversity & Inequality are required to take the following courses:

General Elective Credits: Complete enough general elective credit hours to fulfill total hours required for degree completion.

Total Credits: 120