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Sociology is the study of group life: its characteristics, values, changes, causes and consequences.

It employs scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social change, inter-group relationships, social class, environment, technology and communications, health-seeking behavior, and social movements.

This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

Concentration Requirements

Methodology of Social Research


Statistics and/or Probability Theory


Sociological Theory

3 upper level

Choose three:

  • Social Stratification
  • Organizations
  • Social Psychology
  • Urban/Rural Sociology
  • Family, Ethnic Relations
  • Social Change

9 upper level

Sociology Electives for a cohesive program of study





Notes: Only grades of C or higher may be included in the concentration.

An introductory sociology course is a pre-requisite for this concentration. Courses in social work are not acceptable.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Sociology will be able to:

  • use qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including statistical reasoning, research design, and evaluation of data;
  • identify key concepts of classical and contemporary sociological theory;
  • evaluate societal institutions and social processes, e.g., stratification, racial and ethnic groups, gender, family, urban, work, health care, and education;
  • relate sociological research to social policy formation;
  • explain the relationship between personal experience and societal change within an historical/global context; and
  • synthesize their learning of the concentration through a research paper, project, portfolio, or practicum.