What is Sociology?

Sociology is the science of human relationships.

Because nearly every part of our lives is shaped by our relationships with each other, sociology examines many different types of questions such as: How do diseases spread across social networks? How do new organizations succeed? How do businesses analyze market demand? Why do racial, ethnic, and gender inequalities persist despite so many attempts to redress them? What are the societal roots of criminal behavior?

Sociologists use a variety of methods to study such questions ranging from quantitative survey techniques and experiments to in-depth interviewing and focus groups.


Credential Requirements Overview
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

10 Courses

  • 4 Required Courses
  • 5 Elective Courses
  • 1 Senior Research Elective
Minor in Sociology

5 Courses

  • Any 5 courses, but 4 must be at or above the 200 level 
Minor in Medical Sociology

5 Courses

  • 1 of 2 Core Courses
  • 4 Elective Courses 
Markets & Management Certificate

7 Courses

  • Markets and Management Capstone (MMS 450) taken during senior year
  • 2 Core Courses
  • 4 Elective Courses