The Sociology program is designed to improve students' analytical skills, to prepare them for graduate school admission and success, and to prepare them for careers that involve sociological skills, such as research and working with diverse populations. The course offerings assure that students learn the foundations of Sociology— sociological perspectives and research methods—while allowing students to focus their electives on advanced research methods and areas that interest them. In each of the Sociology courses, students learn research and theories about patterns in families and peer groups, large organizations, and entire societies.
The Sociology major consists of 36 total credit hours. Of these, 18 credit hours will be required core courses, with an additional 18 hours of electives. Major requires students to complete an exit exam. Students are encouraged to focus coursework in specific areas of sociology and must consult with their academic advisors regarding course selections. Students interested in graduate school and careers involving research (such as marketing and policy assessment) are strongly encouraged to take the sequence of research courses, SOC 301 and SOC 302 , and to complete an internship.