Sociology is the study of human societies. You can expect to learn how social changes, problems and behaviors affect human interactions. You will identify patterns in social inequality and injustice in attempt to make the world a better place. We emphasize working with human beings to create a caring community.
In the sociology major you will learn about society, social problems, social change, diversity and interactions within and between social groups. Undergraduates in sociology can enter a variety of fields such as: community service programs, human social services, education, health care, human resources, public and business administration, social justice and activism, nonprofit leadership, marketing and survey research, policing, and urban planning.
Program ConcentrationsThis program is made up of the following concentrations. Learn more about concentrations.
Social institutions are necessary structures in human society, but they also shape persistent inequities and inequalities of class, ethnicity, gender, age, race and nationality in people’s lives. This concentration focuses on social structures that serve as mechanisms for the creation and perpetuation of social disparities, while also studying how individual and collective action in turn, affect the impact of societal structures on people’s lives.
Courses in this Concentration
This concentration focuses on how intersections of race, gender, class, and other significant social locations shape social identity and inequality. Students in this concentration area learn to interrogate the complicated ways that human behavior is shaped by both structure and agency through a variety of theoretical vantage points with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and gender.
Courses in this Concentration
Concentrations on this page are required for this program. Additional courses or concentrations may need to be added to meet program or credit requirements.
- Applied Statistics
- Introduction to Sociology
- Contemporary Social Problems
- Sociological Theory
- Research Methods
- Research Seminar
- Black and Latinx Identities in Pop Culture
- Social Psychology
- Racial and Ethnic Groups
- Sociology of the Body
- Special Areas in Sociology
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
Liberal Arts Core
LEADERSHIP: 4 credits
- Freshman Seminar (1 cr.)
- Spiritual & Ethical Literacy (3 cr.)
- Personal Branding Communication (3 cr.)
- Writing for the 21st Century (3 cr.)*
- Quantitative Problem Solving (3 cr.)*
- Language & Culture (3 cr.)
CORE LITERACIES: 15 credits – Choose one (1) course from each broad theme. Course options can be found in the course catalog or on the academic advising page. Broad themes are:
- Narratives of Identity (3 cr.)
- Science, Environment & Culture (3 cr.)
- Social Tensions (3 cr.)
- The American Experience (3 cr.)
- Approving the Better Things (3 cr.)
Our program offers the unique opportunity to have in depth knowledge and experience through internships.
Internship sites may include:
- Civitas Law Group, INC
- Dismas Ministry
- Milwaukee Justice Center
- Olympus Group
- Sojourner Family Peace Center
- United Community Center
- Wisconsin Early Autism Project
- Walker's Point Youth and Family Center
4 Job Options as a Sociology Major
Interested in studying social change and human interactions?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 4% job growth for sociologists between 2019 and 2029.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Job opportunities can include the following:
- Human Resource Specialist
- Nonprofit Program Coordinator
- Public Relations Specialist
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