What is Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of society, focused on the social lives of people, groups and societies at all levels of human interaction. Sociology teaches you the tools to live in a changing world and to change the world you live in.

Why major in Sociology?

An undergraduate degree in sociology provides students with the necessary skills to be successful in the fast changing job market. Graduates from the department of sociology appeal to employers who are looking for strong critical thinking, communication skills, ethical judgment, the ability to work in diverse teams, and openness to continuous learning.

The diversity of the faculty is reflected in the many different types of undergraduate and graduate courses offered. Topics include environment; criminology; law and society; juvenile delinquency; social problems; social movements; social inequality; social psychology; race and ethnicity; gender; religion; and family. Students gain mastery of knowledge in topical areas as well as in the methods of social research, enabling them to pursue professional positions in a variety of occupational fields. Many undergraduate majors take advantage of the applied research option by selecting supervised work-related internships.

Successful Sociology majors enter the professional world prepared for a wide range of careers including:

Our Degree Options

The Department of Sociology offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in general sociology and applied sociology. The Department also offers the B.S. in Sociology as a Pre-Law or Pre-Medical Science degree, enabling students to tailor their program of study for future careers in these fields.

The general sociology degree provides students the opportunity to obtain a strong liberal arts degree with a maximum number of electives, and provides a good base for pursuing a professional career or graduate degree in sociology and several other fields of study.

Students may also choose to focus their Sociology degree by selecting an applied emphasis or the anthropology emphasis. The applied option enables students to focus their studies and educational experiences on law, crime and social justice; environment and society; or social services, and provides practical experience for work in a variety of settings. The option in anthropology provides students with a basic introduction into methods, theory and principles of cultural anthropology, archaeology and physical anthropology. Regular course offerings introduce students to past and present cultures within and outside the United States. To find out about our applied sociology options, see our degree emphases page.


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Still have questions?
To schedule an appointment with a first year advisor, call (405) 744-5658. If you are a returning student, please see our advising page.
To browse our list of major degree sheets, see our Degree Emphases page.
For a full list of courses offered, see the University Course Catalog page, or the PDF version.