Focusing on the social and cultural factors that influence behavior, and understanding social order and social change, our Sociology major has two paths. The research orientation prepares you for graduate school and social justice work, while the applied focus prepares you for jobs in human services. Both paths provide you with a solid comprehension of people’s interactions and their impact on the world.


  • Conducting field research with a professor in a service learning project
  • Tapping into elements of human social behavior to discover the why, what, and how, of social problems—both at home and abroad
  • Domestic or international travel with professors
  • Internship opportunities in research or human services—formalized or of your own creation     
  • Professional presentation and/or publication of student senior thesis    
  • Eligibility for Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honors society    
  • A network of alumni pursuing their dreams and helping others
  • Sociology Club:  A student organization for majors and minors
  • Annual travel to a professional conference with department faculty


Our Sociology students go on to earn graduate degrees in social work, sociology, law, and other subjects at schools including Oxford University in England, Ohio University, Miami University, University of Colorado, and Case Western Reserve.

Career possibilities include human services, criminal justice, education, government, social science research, non-profit human service agencies, international affairs, and business.

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