Major Sociology

Majors & Minors

Sociology Degree

Program Overview

Sociology is a social science concerned with the study of social life and the causes and consequences of human behavior. As a social science, sociology combines the study of sociological concepts and theoretical frameworks with a background in research and statistics so that you have the tools you need to investigate the aspects of society that draw your interest and help you answer questions about the world around you. With this strong set of skills, you can look for positions in social science research, management, social services, public relations, human rights advocacy and program evaluation. Additionally, you will be well prepared to further your education in graduate school.

Highlights of the Sociology Major

  • Focus on quality teaching by dedicated and well-trained faculty.

  • Emphasis on the importance of viewing society and social behavior from a variety of distinctive and critical perspectives.
  • Courses, encouragement and support for involvement in study abroad programs. The benefits to be gained from overseas experience are reinforced by the active involvement of our faculty in international programs.

  • Learn beyond the classroom, with an emphasis on internships, volunteer experiences, the Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology Club, and studying abroad.

  • Reach graduation in four years when remaining enrolled full-time (30 credits completed per year), with ample opportunity to explore other areas of interest in that time.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Apply evidence-based knowledge to real-world situations.
  • Understand the complexities of social life, both domestically and internationally.
  • Develop an appreciation for the reciprocal connection between society and the individual.
  • Attain a working knowledge of the methods appropriate for analyzing social life, and the ability to use this knowledge to conduct an independent research project.
  • Describe and explain classes of social behavior and the connections among them.
  • Understanding diversity and its relationship to social status and power.
  • Nurture the skills necessary to pursue careers and professional opportunities, such as problem solving, global and ethical awareness, quantitative reasoning, communication, teamwork and team building and critical thinking.

Career Opportunities

The content of and skills gained through sociology are varied and broadly applicable. Consequently, recent graduates report finding their first jobs in a variety of occupational categories, including:

Potential Job Titles

  • Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Administrator
  • Manager
  • Teacher
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Technology Consultant
  • Social Science Researcher


  • Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Social Security Administration
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Local and Federal Government

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The median annual salary for a sociologist with an advanced degree is over


(Bureau of Labor Statistics)