The sociology program includes a wide range of courses suitable for majors or minors in sociology, and for students who would benefit from an understanding of human social behavior. The core of the major emphasizes both theory and methodology, particularly as they may be applied to the study of human interaction, social institutions or analysis of contemporary social problems. 


The sociology program offers majors in general sociology and sociology in liberal arts.

  • Sociology Major: This option includes courses in the methodology of sociology.  It is the best choice for students who plan on a career in sociology or an applied field that calls for conducting research, doing surveys or evaluating programs.  Students develop and practice their skills in conducting social science research.
  • Liberal Arts Sociology Major: This option immerses the student in a broad coverage of the main fields of sociology such as crime and deviance, social institutions such as the family and the process of social change.


The sociology minor complements many majors well.  Almost any career that requires understanding society, human diversity or the methods by which we study society could benefit from coursework in sociology.  The wide array of sociology course offerings also makes excellent general electives, regardless of your major.