Majors

Students answer questions during freshman orientation.

Undergraduate students may choose the BA in Sociology, the BA in Criminology or the combined BA/MA in Applied Social Research.

Why did you choose to major in sociology?

"Majoring in sociology equips you with critical thinking and writing skills that will help you in any career, in addition to helping you define a more socially conscious worldview." – Lori Brok, BA '10

Sociology Majors

The BA in Sociology trains students to identify the major research methods used by sociologists, compare and contrast the utility and relevance of a range of methods to the study of different social issues, and apply some research methods to the analysis of social issues. Students also build knowledge of social science statistical methods and conduct basic statistical analysis. Upon completion of this degree, students should be able to describe the significance of social theory to society, compare and contrast theoretical orientations, and apply theories to social issues.

The BA in Criminology offers a critical investigation of crime and criminal justice institutions and the way they reflect and reinforce systems of power and social inequality, such as racism, sexism, and classism. In this major, students study social scientific evidence and theories of the nature and causes of crime, criminal behavior, and how society reacts to and is impacted by crime. This major is ideal for students who seek an evidence-based understanding of criminal behavior. With this understanding, graduates can pursue a range of careers, including those related to law enforcement, public safety, and olicy analysis and criminal justice reform, as well as those working with communities and individuals impacted by crime or criminal justice institutions. The Criminology major also prepares students for graduate education in a wide variety of disciplines.

The combined BA/MA in Sociology with a formal Concentration in Applied Social Research provides students with extra training in research design and the advanced statistical and qualitative research methods used to analyze social issues. Students will understand and be able to apply sociological theories and research techniques to social issues, linking ideas with evidence in a combined undergraduate/graduate program that prepares students for a range of career options. The BA/MA in Applied Social Research is designed for students who want high-quality research and analytic skills, and to complete a master's degree in less than the usual required time. 

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