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Degree Options

  • B.A. in Sociology
  • Minor in Sociology

Who Would be Interested in Sociology?

Sociology is an excellent program for students who wish to:

  • Develop critical thinking skills and a knowledge of society, groups, and social relationships to prepare to be better informed individuals and to take advantage of employment opportunities where analytic knowledge of the social world is valued
  • Gain insight into Sociology as a scientific discipline and as a quality of mind, experience intellectual growth, and prepare for opportunities for civic engagement and making contributions to community wellbeing
  • Recognize social trends and patterns and become skillful writers, speakers, and researchers

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, community action, justice, human resources and government organizations.
  • Join a vibrant student organization and/or academic honor society.
  • Become involved in research and community engagement projects headed by esteemed teaching and research scholars (many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized).

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select Sociology upon applying to the university.

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?
Contact 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