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Majors & Minors

Sociologists seek to answer questions about human behavior to help develop new theories and inform social policy, programs, and laws.

Sociology is the broadest of all the social sciences, offering you an extensive range of practical and marketable skills, as well as an excellent foundation for law school or graduate programs. Check out our video with Professor Joe Gerteis. Professor Gerteis explains a few types of questions sociology seeks to answer, and talks about about introductory courses in sociology.

Sociology majors and minors develop:

  • analytical and critical thinking skills
  • quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • written and oral communication abilities
  • cultural competence
  • big picture perspective

You will find a supportive, collaborative, and challenging intellectual environment in the Department of Sociology. Our department values a diversity of viewpoints and experiences.

Sociology Major Programs

In the sociology department, you can choose one of two undergraduate majors: sociology or sociology of law, criminology, and deviance. Whichever you choose, you will take the same number of core courses and electives and complete a major project.

Sociology

Sociology is a very flexible major, and our sociology program allows you to choose how to concentrate your sociology electives. Learn more about the bachelor of arts in sociology or the bachelor of science in sociology.

Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance

Sociology of law, criminology, and deviance is more structured and gives you a concentration of courses in this area of specialization. Learn more about the bachelor of arts in sociology of law, criminology, and deviance or the bachelor of science in sociology of law, criminology, and deviance.

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Degree Options

Within both the sociology and sociology of law, criminology, and deviance programs, you have the option of choosing to receive a bachelor of arts (BA) degree or a bachelor of science (BS) degree.

Bachelor of Arts

We recommend you choose a BA degree if you want to develop skills in a language other than English in addition to your sociology course work. The elective credit flexibility afforded by the BA degree pairs nicely with a minor in another field.

Bachelor of Science

We recommend you choose a BS degree if you prefer to develop skills in statistics and data analysis in addition to your sociology course work. With the BS option, you can choose one of four career-oriented sub-plans: health care and careers; organization, business, or non-profit; policy analysis; or quantitative emphasis.

Sociology Minor Programs

Adding a sociology minor to your major is an excellent way to round out your undergraduate education and give you a complementary skill set. There are two options for an undergraduate minor in sociology: the sociology minor and the sociology of law, criminology, and deviance minor.

Public Health Minor

The public health minor is a joint project between the School of Public Health and the College of Liberal Arts. Sociology splits the advising for the public health minor with the Department of Geography. For more information, view the online presentation and talk to our sociology advisor.