Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Sociology?

Sociologists study human groups of all kinds, from two-person partnerships to highly developed nations. Sociologists examine and question the dominant relationships, processes, and structures of social life. In doing so, they seek to understand the forces that influence human behavior, social change, or social problems, such as racism, inequality, poverty, and crime.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Focus on undergraduates

Miami's sociology program does not offer a graduate degree, so faculty are focused on the needs of undergraduate students. This also means that all courses are taught by faculty, not graduate students. Faculty take the time to get to know you and get involved by making study suggestions, reviewing exams, and helping with career paths.

Interdisciplinary affiliations

The areas of gerontology and social justice studies are allied with sociology in the same department, providing cross-disciplinary opportunities for students.

Internship possibilities

If you choose an area of emphasis, you may take an occupationally oriented internship which complements your course work.

Are there special admission requirements?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Several options exist for the sociology student at Miami. The basic major in sociology emphasizes exposure to a wide range of topics rather than a specialized area of concentration. Students in this program usually seek employment in government or business. Some go on to graduate school in sociology or a related discipline.
Students have the opportunity to initiate research projects or get involved in faculty research. Many students also double-major in subjects such as psychology, political science, history, or American studies.

For a more direct focus, you may combine the basic major with a minor in Applied Sociological Research, Criminology, or Gerontology (the study of aging). Students usually begin one of these minors in the junior year.

What can I do with this major?

Professional sociologists usually work in university teaching and research, government research, or private consulting. These positions often require advanced degrees. Undergraduate work in sociology also provides an excellent background for further study in education, law, criminal justice, social work, and public health.

The vast majority of Miami graduates with a bachelor's degree in sociology find work in business and industry in such areas as employment counseling, market research, program planning, rehabilitation counseling, personnel management, labor relations, human services, and health planning. Other job titles of recent graduates are leadership recruiter, attorney police officer, literary agent, probation officer, and public relations manager.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Sociology and Gerontology
375 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056