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Frequently Asked Questions|Department of Sociology

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  How can I contact the Sociology Department?

You can contact the Department of Sociology Office by stopping by 406 Ross Hall, calling (307) 766-3342, or by emailing.

2.  How can I declare Sociology as a major?

After admission to the University of Wyoming (Office of Admissions; Office of Financial Aid), you will need to pick up a form in the Sociology Office, Ross Hall 406. Once the form has been completed, you need to submit it to the Office of the Registrar in Knight Hall. You will then be assigned one of the faculty members to serve as your advisor. Be sure to let the Sociology Office know if you have a preference.

3.  What can I do with a sociology degree?

Sociology prepares students for employment in careers that emphasize critical thinking skills and a general understanding of human social behavior.

Students with sociology degrees are employed in a wide range of industries such as human service administration, health care administration, politics, non-profit organization administration, business, education, social research, criminal justice, social work, and public administration.

Sociology also provides a useful background for students interested in pursuing graduate study in law, social work, business, education, medicine, and community planning.

Here are some documents that provide more information: a list of employment sectors and strategies for strengthening your credentials; a letter from the American Sociological Association (ASA) to parents; and additional undergraduate student resources from the ASA.

4.  What types of degrees does the Sociology Department offer?

We offer an undergraduate major, an undergraduate minor, and a master's degree.

5.  Do I need to take the Foundation Courses (Sociological Principles [SOC 1000], Introduction to Statistics [SOC/STAT 2070], Sociological Theory [SOC 3900], and Sociological Research Methods [SOC 4090] in any particular order?

Yes. All sociology courses have Sociological Principles as a prerequisite. Sociological Theory (SOC 3900) also requires 9 hours of upper division credit. Sociological Research Methods requires successful completion of Introduction to Statistics (SOC/STAT 2070), Sociological Theory (SOC 3900), and a COM2/WB course.

6.  How can I get involved with the Sociology Department?

The Sociology Department offers a number of opportunities for students to involve themselves further in their study of sociology. These include an internship course (SOC 4970), our Sociology club "O.A.S.I.S" (Organization of Active Students Interested in Sociology), and the international sociology honor society Alpha Kappa Delta.

7.  What do I need to know about the graduate program?

Sociology accepts applications and admits students to the graduate program throughout the year.

To be considered for a graduate assistantship all application materials must be received by March 1 for the upcoming fall semester. Additional awards of graduate assistantship for the spring semester are dependent upon available funding.

An M.A. in sociology prepares you for a range of careers. While you are a graduate student, you can select courses and a thesis research topic that match your interests. This flexibility allows you to custom design a degree program that will maximize your competitiveness for the career path that most interests you. Many of our graduate students have chosen career paths in: the criminal justice sector; as research analysts with the federal/state government, university research institutes, or with private research agencies; or as staff members and directors of various non-profit organizations. In addition, in every cohort of graduate students, we have students who plan to use a M.A. from our program as a springboard to entering a doctoral program in sociology. To see how our alumni are using their UW M.A.'s, click here.

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