Department of Sociology


The Department of Sociology offers degrees in sociology at the BA and MA level, and in criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) at the BA level.  Students interested in pursuing careers in social work major in sociology with a concentration in social services. In their senior year, CCJ majors and sociology majors concentrating in social services complete internships in their respective fields.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Sociology
    Students in the general sociology program will learn about patterns in social behavior and a variety of possible explanations for those patterns. There will be particular focus on inequalities by race, gender and social class.
  • BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice
    Students in this program will learn fundamental facts about how the criminal justice system operates in the United States, how and why criminality varies across people and places in the US and around the world, and policies intended to reduce crime and/or punish perpetrators.
  • Minor in Sociology
    A minor in sociology helps undergraduates become effective citizens, with the ability to grapple with such issues as multiculturalism, inequality, and globalization. By integrating these key concepts, students become capable of critical inquiry and civic engagement.
  • MA in Applied Sociology
    The MA degree in applied sociology is a highly practical program of studies for individuals in the private and public sectors who want to fast forward their careers. The program was developed with input from administrators from corporate and nonprofit settings who do the hiring and promoting. The program fosters qualities and skills that employers seek in master’s degree students, especially an understanding of diverse cultures and intercultural communication with an ability to utilize data analysis to conduct assessments and program evaluations.
There are many professional opportunities for BA graduates in sociology. Apart from seeking further education, graduates are prepared for careers in health and social services, business, non-profit organizations, corrections, colleges and universities, criminal justice, publishing, public relations, and governmental jobs.