Sociology Major

Description: A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems. Is Sociology the right major for you?
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Sociology Major

What Kinds of Students Major in Sociology?

This major is of interest to the individual who is observant of other people's actions when they interact with each other and who is looking for patterns and consistencies in their interaction. This is the primary field of choice. Sociology is the study of this as well as many other aspects of human interaction taking into account things like race, gender, setting, upbringing, etc. The individual who is curious about this will learn many things in this field, and will be trained to use the knowledge gained advantageously.

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What Courses Do Sociology Majors Take?

The required and elective courses you would take for Sociology majors vary considerably among institutions. Courses are listed here that are illustrative of the breadth of topics you are likely to experience were you to major in this field.

  • Economic Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Organizations / Stratification / Race
  • Personality and Social Systems
  • Political Sociology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Research Methods
  • Social Movements
  • Social Stratification and Class
  • Sociology of Culture
  • Sociology of Religion