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Our sociology major offers a challenging and acclaimed undergraduate curriculum with strenuous core requirements coupled with interesting electives as popular culture, street gangs, and the sociology of firearms, sports, and leisure.

You’ll acquire knowledge that can help you think critically and communicate effectively about social structures and the forces that shape individual, group, and collective experience. The program's scope ranges from the analysis of small-group behavior to the study of the development of large social systems — from the family to education, religion, government and the economy.

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Join the Sociology Club. Participate in valuable internships, usually at social and county agencies, and take advantage of our extensive overseas study program. Opportunities for exceptional students include working with professors one-on-one in independent study courses, and participating in Alpha Kappa Delta, the national sociology honor society. An annual Sportsmanship Day Symposium provides an opportunity to present on sports sociology (and other related) topics.


Opportunities include

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Counseling
  • Community planning
  • Health services
  • Market research
  • Social services

Graduate studies may include

  • Social work
  • Counseling
  • Business
  • Law

“At a Baltimore conference of the Eastern Sociological Society, I presented on global activism and invisible labor, and by that I mean workers such as nannies who don't have unions and rights that other employees would have. It was a research study, and the presenters were members of the Sociology Club under our professor, Dr. William Rose.”

— Michelle Winkelman ’16