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Programs in Sociology

Understand the social forces that shape our world, and make an impact through your future career or personal contributions.

As a student of TU’s sociology program, you’ll explore the social institutions that shape our lives and develop analytical skills to solve complex social issues. You’ll also develop a wide range of skills that are valuable in the workplace and community organizations, including communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

You’re encouraged to map out your own program of study that satisfies the department’s requirements while providing the flexibility and foundation for your future career aspirations. Students who major in sociology at TU often choose to study abroad or combine their studies with minors or second majors.

100% Success Rate for Sociology Alumni

100% Employment Rate for Sociology Alumni

9:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

$92k+ Annual Median Pay for Sociologists

Professional Opportunities

TU’s sociology majors can design a customized program of study in preparation for graduate school, professional school (law, business, medicine), or a career in social service, government, research, consulting, teaching, or business.

You’ll gain the ability to analyze society as a core component of your education and personal development. Alumni often find careers in the criminal justice system, social service agencies, urban planning, environmental regulatory agencies, and survey research organizations.

Job opportunities:

  • Human rights worker
  • Human resources manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Extension service specialist
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Teacher

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. TU’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your TU experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      TU students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at TU. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.


    • Be the change you want to see.

      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Learn more about the department

    Sociology is the study of human social relationships. People spend their entire lives in social groups and networks, ranging from the family to global systems. By investigating the diversity of cultures across the globe and studying human evolution and the ancient past, you entertain new perceptions on what makes life meaningful.

    Anthropology & Sociology