Sociology majors combine the research and applied foundations of sociology.

Sociology is a behavioral science that provides a framework for understanding social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces of social change and resistance, and the inner workings of social systems. Sociology offers a range of research techniques that apply to virtually any aspect of society.

The Sociology major offers two distinct tracks—a Social Dynamics Track and a Family Dynamics Track.

The Social Dynamics and Family Dynamics tracks can be applied toward understanding many issues. Whether as a paid employee, a volunteer or a citizen activist, the sociological perspective is valued in:

  • Business
  • Health
  • Social service
  • Criminal justice
  • Law
  • Media
  • Education
  • Government

Social Dynamics Track

The Social Dynamics option offers students a traditional approach to sociology.

This track incorporates the study of multiple components of social life, from micro-level social identity to macro-level global dynamics. You'll examine social life, social diversity and inequality, social behavior in families and communities, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior in various cultural contexts.

Family Dynamics Track

The family dynamics option offers core sociological concepts with a specialized focus on contemporary family dynamics in the United States. 

This track explores recent transformations in family life including trends in parenting, marriage and divorce, and work-family balance.

News and Updates

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