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Great journeys begin at EKU. Find out more information about academic majors, explore student life opportunities and discover why Eastern Kentucky University is a special place to learn and grow.

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Degree Options

  • B.A. in Sociology (see:
  • Minor in Sociology
  • Get your major requirements finished in 2-3 semesters

Who Would be Interested in Sociology?

  • Do you want a quality of mind that can adapt to a changing world?
  • Are you ready to survive in not just today's job market where knowledge of the social world is valued but also the market of tomorrow?
  • Are you interested in recognizing social trends and learning how social systems work, from the local community up to the global economy?
  • Do you want to develop critical thinking skills to be a better informed individual?
  • Do you want to experience intellectual growth and learn analytical skills?
  • Are you interested in civic engagement and contributing to community well-being?
  • Do you want to become a skillful writer, speaker, and researcher?
  • Are you interested in questions about social inequalities, such as those related to race, ethnicity, sex and gender, social class, and human sexuality?
  • Are you interested in how our social systems and environmental problems are related?
  • Are you interested in graduate school, law school, criminal justice, community activism, or human relations?

If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, then sociology is for you!

Why Sociology?

By developing professional relationships and working with members of the sociology faculty, students are able to:

  • Prepare for careers in variety of fields, such as education, business, community action, criminal justice, human resources and government organizations.
  • Be ready to adapt to a changing work and social environment. 
  • Join a vibrant student organization and/or academic honor society.
  • Become involved in research and community engagement projects headed by esteemed teaching and scholars (many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized).
  • Join a field that attracts more students and researchers that our globalized world desperately needs right now.

World Class Faculty

  • Our faculty have worked with a variety of academic communities, researched an array of topics, and worked with societies ranging from local to international. 
  • Our faculty have published books and articles on religion, environmental disasters in Kentucky communities, economic impact of rock-climbing in Kentucky, the mass media, US foreign policy, humor, issues of racism in modern society, among others.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Community sociology
  • Demography, Migration, and the Family
  • Environmental issues
  • Race, Ethnicity
  • Sex and Gender
  • Social Inequalities
  • The Mass Media
  • Social organization
  • Statistics and Research Methods
  • Sociological Theory
  • The Global Economy

Research Opportunities

Our faculty have research projects that can always use new students. You can work with a sociologist in the field and present your work at professional conferences. 

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select Sociology upon applying to the university.

Rewarding Career Opportunities

Our program will prepare you for a career in a variety of fields, such as:

  • National and regional business
  • Research institutes and organizations
  • Teaching/Education, grade school through university
  • Criminal Justice, policing, and corrections
  • Human resources
  • National, state, and local government organizations
  • Law school and law enforcement
  • Community organizing
  • Mediator and/or Arbitrator
  • Social Services
  • Health Services
  • Journalism
  • Researcher
  • Marketing
  • Government Services

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • A recent alumnae earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Several sociology students have continued their education in a variety of academic settings (including institutions in Kentucky, throughout the United States and abroad).
  • Graduates of the Sociology program have become active in community engagement, such as working for environmental quality in Appalachia.

How Do I Get More Information?

Dr. Paul Paolucci, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work
859-622-6780 or 859-622-1644 

Dr. Elizabeth Underwood, Sociology Program Coordinator

Lynn Morris, Administrative Assistant

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

The Sociology Program (through the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work) offers competitive travel funding opportunities for students to present their research conducted with faculty members.

A $500 scholarship was created exclusively for Sociology majors. For more information about eligibility and application details, stop by the main department office in Keith 223, call 622-1644 or email