Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Examine the dynamics of social interaction and social problems.

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“The department fosters interdisciplinary research that is necessary to answer complex social questions."

Emma Willoughby (B.A. in Sociology and Liberal Studies '13)

Doctoral Student, University of Michigan

About this Program

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts offers the B.A. in Sociology. Sociology majors learn basic tools of sociological analysis including social research methods-both quantitative and qualitative-and theory. The curriculum equips students to more effectively negotiate the diverse society in which we live by addressing social inequalities, culture, community development, social institutions, and social change. 

The Value of a Sociology Degree

Employers are looking for students who have developed the multi-disciplinary and critical thinking skills necessary to better understand our globally connected and diverse world. Sociology training is so important to those in healthcare professions that it was added to admissions tests for medical schools!

Students who major in sociology will leave with training in research design and methodology. They also gain communication skills that are useful in a wide range of careers, including:

  • Health care
  • Law
  • Business
  • Demography
  • Drug counseling
  • Education
  • Criminology
  • Human resources
  • Government services
  • Consumer advocacy
  • Corrections
  • City planning
  • Community relations
  • Labor relations
  • Child welfare
  • Counseling
  • Marketing
  • Gerontology research

Our graduates are working in many sectors of the economy, the largest in business and finance firms, community services, non-profit organizations, and government.

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    Program Information

    Program Type



    Area of Study

    Social Sciences, Law, and Policy


    4 Years


    B.A. in Sociology

    Program Location


    Required Credit Hours


    Degree Requirements

    See the information below on the sociology major and minor. For a full description, visit the online catalog.

    Students in the B.A. in Sociology complete 30 credit hours, including core sociology courses and elective sociology courses selected from a wide range of topics including demography, culture, religion, environment, food systems, and health.

    • Soc 101: Introductory Sociology I
    • Soc 302: Sociological Theory
    • Soc 365: Methods of Social Research

    Seven elective sociology courses from:

    • Soc 301: The Family
    • Soc 306: Sociology of Democracy
    • Soc 307: Urban Sociology
    • Soc 308: Judicial System & African Amer Community
    • Soc 309: Rural Sociology
    • Soc 310: Sociology of Disability
    • Soc 311: Social Problems
    • Soc 312: Poverty and Society
    • Soc 313: Social Movements
    • Soc 314: Sociology of News
    • Soc 315: Leisure and Popular Culture
    • Soc 316: Sociology of Sport
    • Soc 321: Science, Technology and Society
    • Soc 322: Economic Sociology
    • Soc 323: Occupations and Professions
    • Soc 324: Men and Masculinities
    • Soc 325: Sociology of Gender
    • Soc 327: Genocide and Women
    • Soc 328: African American Feminist Thought
    • Soc 329: Identities and Subjectivity
    • Soc 330: Racism and Religion
    • Soc 331: Sociology of Law
    • Soc 332: Sociology of Peace and Justice
    • Soc 333: Juvenile Delinquency
    • Soc 335: The Sociology of Food
    • Soc 336: Sociology of Religion
    • Soc 345: Population Trends and Problems
    • Soc 349: Applied Demography
    • Soc 351: Social Change
    • Soc 353: Community Development
    • Soc 355: Sociology of Human Rights
    • Soc 358: Religious Implications of the Holocaust
    • Soc 359: Sociology of Globalization
    • Soc 361: The Sociology of Education
    • Soc 366: Political Sociology
    • Soc 370: Society and Population Health
    • Soc 385: Topics in Sociology Abroad
    • Soc 403: Empire and Revolution
    • Soc 407: Methods in Ethnography
    • Soc 408: Methods in Community-Based Research
    • Soc 409: Truth, Lies, and Power
    • Soc 410: The Color Line in the 21st Century
    • Soc 411: Environment, Technology and Society
    • Soc 413: Race and Ethnicity
    • Soc 414: Race, Place, and Space
    • Soc 420: Studies in Housing Insecurity
    • Soc 425: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
    • Soc 427: Social Stratification
    • Soc 429: Judaism and Religious Ethnic Identities
    • Soc 431: Criminology
    • Soc 433: Theories of Gender and Sexuality
    • Soc 440: Sociology of Music
    • Soc 445: Social Context of Holocaust Art
    • Soc 451: Topics in Sociology
    • Soc 455: Population Studies Applied Research
    • Soc 501: Statistics
    • Soc 502: Social Research Methods
    • Soc 531: Lectures in Community Organization
    • Soc 545: Seminar in Population Studies
    • Soc 552: Individual Study Project
    • Soc 596: Queer Mississippi

    Many educational and career paths would benefit from the addition of a sociology minor, providing both content knowledge and the social science skills needed to negotiate our complex society.

    A minor in sociology consists of 18 credit hours of sociology courses, providing maximum flexibility in pursuing the areas of sociology that interest you the most.


    What can I do with a Sociology degree?

    • Vice President, Trustmark National Bank
    • International Systems Advisor, FedEx
    • Social Worker, San Diego Welfare Department
    • Minister, First Baptist Church
    • Counselor, MS Department of Rehab Services
    • President, Brown-Olmstead PR Firm
    • Marketing, Verizon Wireless
    • Senior Sales Representative, GlaxoSmithKline
    • Youth Court Judge, Lee County Court
    • Founder, Southern Recovery Advocacy
    • Dir. of Youth Services, MS Dept. of Human Services
    • Humanitarian Relief, Save the Children
    • Travel Editor, Houston Chronicle
    • Human Resources Director, Marriott
    • CEO, Memorial Hermann Health Systems
    • Guidance Counselor, E. Baton Rouge High School
    • Data Scientist, US Census Bureau

    Connect With a Sociology Major

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    Choosing a Minor or Double Major

    Bachelor of Arts students must choose a minor (or double major). Combine your study of sociology with many other subjects based on your interests and career goals.  

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