Undergraduate programs

Sociology is the study of society and human interaction. Sociologists examine groups of as small as two or as large as billions. From the smallest friendship or family group to the great global web of human activity, sociologists analyze and interpret our world.

Sociologists use many theoretical approaches, data, and research techniques. Information comes from many sources including surveys, historical documents, census data, intensive interviews, and participant observation. This information is analyzed and used to explain phenomena such as power relations, beliefs and value systems, organizations, and the larger structure of society.

Sociology provides valuable tools for thought and a strong foundation for careers in many fields including education, business, journalism, government, and social service. A major in sociology prepares students for graduate programs leading to careers in research, public service, and higher education. Sociological knowledge helps create informed and thoughtful citizens.

Degree Maps and Learning Outcomes

Admission requirements

Sociology B.A./B.S.

Sociology Minor

Sociology Secondary Education Program

Sociology B.A./B.S.


In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, the sociology major is required to take a minimum of 49 credits in sociology courses (including 20 credits in electives in the field) and the mathematics course in statistical methods.


Soc 200Introduction to Sociology


Soc 301Foundations of Sociology I


Soc 302Foundations of Sociology II


Soc 310U.S. Society


Soc 320Globalization


Soc 397Social Research Methods


Soc 398Sociology Research Project


Sociology electives, including at least 12 credits in 400-level courses


Stat 243Introduction to Probability and Statistics I


Up to 10 credits of electives taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) in 200- or 300-level sociology courses can be applied toward fulfilling departmental major requirements. Differentiated grades of C or above are required for all other sociology courses and for Stat 243. A student must pass Soc 301 and Soc 302 with a grade of C or better before taking other required courses as a sociology major.

Total Credit Hours: 53