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Department of Sociology Undergraduate Program
What is Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of social life. The fundamental insight of the discipline is that the social matters; our lives are affected not only by our personal psychology, but by our place in the social world. Substantively, sociologists look at a range of issues, from inequality to human ecology, from deviance to religion, from medicine to politics. Few fields offer students (and researchers) opportunities of such breadth.

Sociology Majors’ Skills and Careers

In today’s changing job market, the skills developed by sociology majors are important – skills in analyzing problems, understanding diverse peoples, and assessing how changes in the broader social structure shape individuals’ daily lives. Sociology also provides training in social science research methods and statistics, communication, and critical thinking. Successful sociology majors enter the professional world with skills useful in a wide range of careers including public relations, community planning, positions in government and social agencies, criminal justice system professions, and business. Sociology also provides an excellent foundation for professions that often require graduate school training, such as counseling, law, public policy and administration, social work, or teaching.

Skills Developed by WSU Sociology Majors

Careers for Sociology Majors

Sociology Courses, Requirements and Opportunities:

Students majoring in Sociology will complete core courses in sociological theory, research methods, and statistics, as well as a capstone research or internship course. Sociology minors complete an introductory course and a core course in methods. Substantive elective sociology courses are taken by majors and minors, and include Social Inequality, Social Movements, Education, Gender, Family, Juvenile Delinquency, Deviance, Criminology, Addictions, Environment, and Film (among others). Students also have the opportunity to enrich their learning through community engagement in service learning, study abroad, and participation in sociology student organizations.
Majors and Minors

Interested in declaring a sociology major or minor or otherwise interested in participating in our undergraduate sociology program through courses and other activities? Visit our advising webpage and make an appointment with an advisor to get started.

Academic Advisors

Laurie Sue Torkelson, 301C & 204E, 509-335-4475
Frank Hill, 301B & 204E, 509-335-5670

Are you a current sociology student? Learn more about student organizations, scholarships and awards, and take advantage of useful web resources to help you succeed at WSU and beyond.
Undergraduate Sociology Student Organizations
Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards
Useful Links