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If you want to change the world, you need to know how the world works.

Sociologists study the causes and consequences of social inequality. They also explore the social aspects of the environment, technology, politics, health, globalization, social movements, social justice, markets, mass media/popular culture and more. Through coursework and projects, sociology majors gain hands-on experience doing sociology, which includes: immersion in the daily life of groups, interview methodology, examining recorded interaction, interpreting historical documents, analyzing large national surveys and producing sophisticated social critique.

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Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is our international sociology honor society dedicated to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.
Specialize in sex and gender, the medical field, race and ethnicity or family dynamics.

The major is a part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, an academic unit within the College of Arts and Letters.

The sociology program develops the student's ability to analyze the social world by using diverse sociological theories and research methods. It stresses the importance of social, cultural, and historical contexts for understanding relationships between and among individuals and the social structures that make up societies. Students will gain the ability to think broadly and critically about the diversity of social organization and practice locally and globally. Students will also develop the ability to take a disciplined and scholarly approach to understanding the world in which we live.

The major in sociology strongly develops skills in critical thinking, research, analysis, writing and communication. Sociology students frequently go on to post-graduate education and/or careers in both public and private employment sectors.

  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.A. in Sociology
    • B.S. in Sociology
  • Concentrations:
    • Communities, Inequalities and Public Policy
    • Environment, Technologies and Innovation
    • Health, Medicine and Society
    • Markets and Cultures
    • Political and Global Analysis
  • Minors:
    • Sociology

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Sociology major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Current students wishing to declare or change a major, minor or pre-professional program must complete a request through MyMadison. Additional department specific information will be available when that academic plan is selected.  Follow all directions and steps necessary to execute your request. Once all necessary steps are completed, the department will either approve or deny your request or contact you for additional information.

For additional assistance making this request, view the Change/Declare a Major/Minor tutorial in MyMadison or on the tutorials website.

Progressing in the Major

Students must earn at least a "C-" in all sociology courses. If a student earns below a "C-" in a course he or she can retake the course once in order to meet the "C-" standard.

Remain in good academic standing with at least a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

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