The discipline of sociology is dedicated to the analysis of different forms of interaction and their significance for personal and social life.

The courses offered provide in-depth study of basic social units of everyday life, including family life, religion and economics. Coursework also offers pathways for the specialized study of patterns of social difference, such as race, class and gender; and the dimensions of conflict and social change that respond to pressing social needs.

The Sociology major is designed to equip students with the foundation and basic research skills that make possible a rigorous study of the social dynamics of human interaction, group processes, and major social institutions. By means of critical and creative sociological practice, students will be led to analyze vital questions about media and popular culture, social justice and poverty, and social control and deviance.

Students will join faculty who are tackling a wide range of substantive topics in their own research, including race and identity, family cohesion, the socio-cultural origins of different musical genres, and community politics and partnerships.

What Will I Study?

Core sociology courses cover topics like introduction to sociology, sociological theory, and research methods.

Majors complete an internship, conduct an independent study project, or study abroad.

What Kind of Job Can I Get?

Sociology majors often work in related fields, like:

  • Social services
  • Counseling
  • Criminal justice
  • Gerontology
  • Policy and public administration
  • Law

What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?

  • International Coordinator, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Deputy Clerk, Campbell County Circuit Court
  • Psychotherapist, Attachment & Trauma Institute
  • Management Analyst, U.S. Department of National Affairs
  • Patrol Officer, Traffic Enforcement Division, Roanoke County Police Department