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Expanding Social Consciousness

Sociology is the scientific study of human society, social forces, and social interaction. The field delves into societal behaviors, opinions, and social issues including inequality, poverty, the environment, population changes, and justice. The Sociology major prepares students for graduate work in sociology, social work, criminal justice, or for graduate study in law or theology.

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Available Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

The Sociology program helps students become informed citizens, effective communicators, and leaders in society. The program offers two minors, in Sociology and Social Work, respectively, for students in related fields to expand their knowledge and vocation potential.


Sociology majors are encouraged to complete one or more internships with organizations that will provide relevant experiences, such as juvenile justice, the state Department of Social Services, Council on Aging, law enforcement agencies and local schools.






Social Work


Sociology majors are required to take 39 credit hours:

  • 12 hours: Sociology fundamentals
  • 18 hours: Sociology electives (6 hours at the 300-400 level)
  • 3 hours: Statistics for the social sciences
  • 6 hours (or equivalent): Foreign language

To earn a Sociology minor, students must complete a total of 18 hours:

  • 6 hours: Required Sociology fundamentals
  • 12 hours: Sociology electives

For the Social Work minor, students must complete a total of 21 hours:

  • 6 hours: Social Work fundamentals
  • 3 hours: Psychology fundamentals
  • 6 hours: Sociology fundamentals
  • 3 hours: Selected social science elective
  • 3 hours: Internship
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Career Possibilities

  • Social Policy Analyst
  • Diversity Trainer
  • Juvenile Justice Officer
  • Community Housing Specialist
  • Public Health Advisor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Social Services Case Worker
  • Patient Representative
  • Victim Advocacy Trainer
  • Educator
  • Law Enforcement
  • Retirement Center Director
  • Probation Officer


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