General Sociology Programs

Sociologists study how behavior is influenced by our social environment, including the informal groups and large social organizations to which we belong. Students seeking to explore and learn about society and human behavior will find the opportunity to challenge themselves and sharpen their analytical and theoretical skills in UE's general sociology programs. These programs require mastering a broad range of analytics and theoretical skills, and are designed for students who seek a learning environment that will challenge them to make the most of their abilities.

  • The sociology major prepares students for a wide range of occupations in research, applied sociology, social work, criminal justice, law, social planning, business, and counseling and health care management.
  • More than 60% of sociology students double major. Popular pairings include psychology, criminal justice, communication, history, and public health.
  • Sociology majors scored in the 98th percentile on the 2018 Sociology Major Field Test.
  • The sociology minor is 18 credits, including SOC 105, SOC 230, and four additional sociology courses.
"It's hard to narrow down the reasons I chose the sociology and anthropology programs at UE. The main reason I chose to stay in the field was the professors. The professors are passionate about what they teach. This passion is contagious. One may think that a lecture on why some religions don't eat pork would bore you to sleep, but that isn't the case with Dr. Berry. A lecture on the level of marriage satisfaction after kids has the potential to fall flat, but Dr. Plikuhn is able to liven it with anecdotes and humor. I never left a lecture without a piece of knowledge I could not wait to tell my roommates and friends, because my professors had made it exciting. More importantly, the professors care about their students. Whether it is inside or outside of the classroom, the professors go above and beyond- attending sporting events, recitals, plays, etc. of their students."Annie (Shackelford) Simpson ‘11 - Anthropology

General Sociology Specialization Course Requirements

  • ANTH-207 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
  • SOC-105 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC-201 Professional Development in Sociology (1 credit)
  • SOC-210 Deviance and Crime (3 credits)
  • SOC-230 Social Problems in the Modern World (3 credits)
  • SOC-327 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 credits)
  • SOC-344 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (4 credits)
  • SOC-390 Principles of Sociological Theory (3 credits)
  • SOC-438 Race and Ethnic Relations (3 credits)
  • SOC-450 Senior Seminar in Sociology (3 credits)

Plus four additional 300- or 400-level Sociology courses