Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies in Sociology

Students interested in understanding human behavior will benefit from the breadth and depth of scientific inquiry present in the sociology major. Sociology has both academic and personal relevance as students examine patterns of social relationships and social interactions, the role of social institutions in everyday life, and the causes and consequences of social change.  

As a scientific discipline, sociology teaches students how to integrate theory and empirical data to investigate current social realities and act effectively on the central issues of our time. Sociology majors have the opportunity to engage with relevant social issues as they take classes on a variety of topics including gender and sexuality, racial discrimination, immigration, crime and deviance, health and medicine, popular culture, social movements, and the environment. 

A major in sociology provides students with valuable critical thinking and problem-solving skills and fosters improved communication skills. Students with a degree in Sociology have a strong liberal arts base that helps them succeed in fields such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling. The investigative nature of foundational sociological skills also helps students flourish in careers in journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public administration.