Sociology Degree - The Study of People and Society
Fascinated by how human groups function? Then a sociology degree may be for you.
Sociology is the systematic study of the development, interaction, and behavior of organized human groups. Sociologists study a wide variety of subjects as the field of sociology is broad and diverse. Indeed, in UW’s department we research and teach social movements, social stratification, crime, religion, the evolution of social behavior, politics, globalization, immigration, and health.
Today's sociologists use an assortment of methods of social investigation, including observation, surveys, statistical analysis, and controlled experiments to examine the many characteristics of societies, both large and small.
Sociological concepts, theory, and methods and provide powerful insights into the social processes that shape our lives, the problems we face, and the possibilities we can envision in contemporary society. The ability to identify, describe, and understand these processes – a capability which C.W. Mills called the "sociological imagination" – is a valuable tool for understanding and navigating an ever changing and increasingly complex world.
A degree in Sociology prepares our students for a broad range of career options as well as graduate and professional studies. For example, some of our former students currently work in state and federal government departments/centers, find employment as research analysts, or pursue various careers in public health, Additionally, many of our graduate students move on to PhD programs and successful academic careers.
- Undergraduate Major, including our Foundation Courses (Sociological Principles, Sociological Theory, and Sociological Research Methods) as well as courses in core areas of sociology: Society and inequality; Social Organization and Processes; Social Institutions; Individual and Society; and Global Comparative Change.
- Undergraduate Minor, including Sociological Principles and 15 additional hours of Sociology course work (9 of which must be at the 3000-level or higher).
- Graduate M.A., focusing on a general degree or an emphasis in Crime, Law, and Deviance; Statistics and Quantitative Research; or Environment and Natural Resource