At a glance: Sociology
Did you know? Sociological investigation covers a broad range of subjects: human social behavior, social stratification and inequality, changing employment trends, an aging population, dynamics of behavior in bureaucracies, changing family roles, poverty, health care, education, crime and delinquency, family violence and the consequences of a growing interdependence among the world’s cultures.
Sociology enables students to analyze and comprehend some of the social forces that shape the structure of society, its institutions and its members. Sociology trains students in logical reasoning, critical thought and the evaluation of evidence, and communication skills. As the scientific study of human social behavior, sociology gives individuals the capacity to understand, explain and, ideally, improve the world in which they live. Visit the department's web site.
Sociology majors earn a bachelor of arts degree. A minor in sociology is available.
- Some students select a double major, linking sociology with related disciplines such as psychology, criminal justice, political science, business or communication.
- Special programs include research opportunities with the Institute for Social Research and the pre-law program.
The department is located in the University’s historic Hill Memorial Building, and facilities include multimedia classrooms and a state-of-the-art computer laboratory.
Psi Sigma – psychology and sociology club, Alpha Kappa Delta – sociology honorary
Sociology’s tools and subject matter are helpful in many careers, including government, criminal justice, politics, industry, education, journalism, urban planning, public administration, human resources, consulting to business and non-profit organizations and management positions in the public and private sector.
Many graduates occupy positions in human services delivery. This includes a network of public and private agencies providing assistance and services to juvenile delinquents, the elderly, the disabled and various persons in need of rehabilitation and counseling. Sociology also offers a strong foundation for graduate education in law school, MBA programs, MSW programs and a M.A. or a Ph.D. in sociology.
The Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, University of Akron, Kent State University, Ohio University, University of Toledo, University of Louisville, Pepperdine University
* Graduates also have attended various law schools.
Graduates have found employment in pharmaceutical companies, social services agencies, juvenile court, law enforcement agencies, public relations firms, children’s services, business and industry, and telecommunications. Many employment sectors are increasingly interested in employees with an awareness of certain issues, such as diversity and globalization, that sociology provides. The focus on developing critical thought, scientific methodology and statistical training provides ONU graduates with an advantage in the job market.