Bachelor of Arts
Behavioral & Social Sciences
Sociology is a social science that examines the structures and organizational patterns of social groups and the theories about them. It is a systematic approach to the behavior of societies or groups, what makes them what they are, what holds them together and what destroys them. Often, a sociological perspective is surprising and can challenge our ordinary assumptions of how the world works. Sociology’s subject matter is wonderfully broad—anything about social life one is interested in can be (and likely has been) studied by sociologists.
The Sociology program has three tracks: the Standard Major, the Criminal Justice Emphasis and the Environmental Management Emphasis. The Standard Major exposes students to many intriguing topics like drugs, medicine, family relationships, culture, friendship, poverty and wealth, the criminal justice system, and deviance. Students also examine social inequalities (race, class, gender and sexuality), notable subcultures and important social movements that reflect the richness of social life. Criminal Justice students take many of these courses in addition to ones specific to crime, corrections, and law enforcement. For more information on the Criminal Justice emphasis, view its individual fact sheet. The Environmental Management Emphasis is for students who intend to enroll in the Master in Environmental Management 3+2 program.
Sociology graduates can pursue a variety of careers, including:
- Early Childhood (education, services, childcare)
- Correctional Officer or Counselor
- Community Health
- Market Research
- Social/Human Services
- Rural Health Outreach
- Criminal Investigator
- Probation/Parole Officer
- Crime Analyst
- Juvenile Court Specialist
- Drug Abuse Prevention Coordinator
- City Councilor or County Commissioner
- Housing/Student Life at College or University
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