Sociology Major

Overview & Academics

The Sociology program focuses on the systematic study of social institutions and social relationships through the application of theory and research. Courses give students the opportunity to examine social change and analyze issues that surround us daily, such as race, gender, social class, deviant behavior, family environments and more.

Career Options

  • Firms Employing Survey Research Methods
  • Public Agencies that Coordinate Services for People or Families
  • Social and Mental Health Agencies
  • Criminal Justice Agencies

Major Requirements

  • Principles of Sociology
  • Social Research Methods
  • Sociology in the Field
  • Social Theory
  • Elementary Statistics
  • 18 hours of Sociology course electives (9 hours must be upper level)


  • Popular Culture
  • Deviant Behavior & Social Control
  • Social Context of Sexuality
  • Marriage & Family*
  • Children and Childhood
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Work and Occupations
  • Societal Inequalities
  • Social Problems*
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Medical Sociology
  • Race, Ethnic Relations, and Immigration

*Offered every year

Minor Requirements

  • Principles of Sociology
  • Social Research Methods
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology Electives (At least 9 semester hours — 6 hours must be upper level)

Sociology Faculty

Department Contact

Amy Karnehm Willis, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Sociology Program Coordinator
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Kaitlin Pericak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Miami