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The Sociology Major

Sociology is an ideal major for students who want to understand the social world, processes of social change, and how social context affects individual behaviors and decisions. Sociology majors learn the quantitative and qualitative tools of social scientific analysis, and how to apply them toward a systematic, evidence-based knowledge of the social world.

The Department of Sociology is a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences. All tenure-line faculty in the Department teach in the undergraduate program, including our most popular lower-division courses.

Students in the undergraduate program have a wide range of courses from which to choose. The flexibility of the major also allows many students to pursue a second major or a minor.

Between 2010 through 2015, the Department graduated an average of 50 seniors per year. This establishes the Sociology Major as one of the largest in the College of Arts and Sciences, particular on a per faculty basis.

In this section of the website, you’ll find more information about major requirements, how to declare the major, academic advising, and the Honors Program in Sociology.

Undergraduate students who are considering the major may contact Professor Erin York Cornwell, the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Sociology. Professor York Cornwell can answer questions about the program, planning your coursework, and opportunities for independent research including the Honors Thesis in Sociology.

Our Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Sue Meyer, can answer many routine questions about the process of declaring the major, transferring credits, and adding and dropping courses.