Sociology is a science based on observation, generalization and interpretation of human social behavior, groups, societies and socially constructed organizations, institutions and cultures.

What kinds of careers could I pursue?

This program is especially helpful for the student seeking a liberal arts degree and planning additional work in education, social work, guidance, counseling, business, or government, as well as those planning for graduate-level education in a social science, law, education, or business.

Majoring in sociology prepares students for effective study and research in graduate programs, professional degree programs, and certification programs such as social work, human resources management, organizational management, labor organizing, law, counseling, clinical sociology, corrections, law enforcement, law administration, governmental social policy analysis, census work, and demographics. Bachelor-level practice is also available in many of these same occupations.

What courses do I need to take?

The Sociology major consists of 41 total credits. Of those 41 credits, 26 are required course work and 15 are elective course work. The required courses include introductory level courses designed to give both sociology majors and non-sociology majors a broad background in the field. Other required courses include a computer course, a statistics course, and a research methods course.

The student majoring in sociology must choose to take two courses from a list of four courses which span the four major areas of sociology: gender, organizations, criminology, and race. Finally, the student must complete a course in theory and the capstone course.

Learn more about studying sociology at UVA Wise by consulting the College Catalog.


View course descriptions in the College Catalog.