Sociology is the study of society, groups, institutions and human social relations.

By studying sociology you come to understand the society in which we live, and can gain a fuller insight into ourselves. Sociology helps us understand how the different groups and institutions influence how we see ourselves and come to a sense of self. We find that the society into which we are born shapes our identities, personalities, emotions thought process and our lives in countless ways.

Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from family to the state, from division of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change. Sociology expands our awareness and analysis of the human social relationship, culture and groups that profoundly shape both our lives and human history.

The scientific method emphasizes the careful gathering and analysis of evidence about social life to develop and help our understanding of society and key social processes. The research methods and theories of sociology yield powerful insights into the social processes shaping human lives and social problems. Through sociological research we gain a better understanding how human actions both shape and are shaped by culture and groups.

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Sociology helps students to think critically about human social life, and how to ask important social research questions. Students learn how to think critically, evaluate, and communicate clearly, creatively, and effectively. These are all abilities of tremendous value in a wide variety of professions.

With a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Sociology, you may choose to pursue an advanced degree: MA, PhD, or JD. 

With a BA, there are numerous employment opportunities. Many other paths may be open to you and additional education or training may be required.

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  • Environmental Groups
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Health Services

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Political Leaders

  • Wellington Webb, Mayor of Denver, Colorado
  • Brett Schundler, Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Annette Strauss, Mayor of Dallas, Texas
  • Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman from New York
  • Maxine Waters, Congresswoman from California
  • Barbara Mikulski, US Senator from Maryland
  • Tim Holden, Congressman from Pennsylvania
  • Ronald Reagan, President of the United States
  • Francis Perkins, Social Reformer and U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • Richard Barajas, Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court
  • Michelle Obama, First Lady, Wife of President Barack Obama


  • Saul Bellow, Novelist
  • Regis Philbin, TV Host
  • Dan Aykroyd, Actor/Blues Brother
  • Robin Williams, Actor/Comedian
  • Paul Shaffer, Bandleader on David Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live
  • Dinah Shore, Singer
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Sex Therapist, Media's “Dr. Ruth”
  • Kalpen Suresh Modi, White House Liaison for Arts and Humanities


  • Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat (NBA)
  • Bryant Stith, Boston Celtics (NBA)
  • Brian Jordan, Atlanta Braves (MLB)
  • Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins (NFL)
  • Eric Bjornson, Dallas Cowboys (NFL)
  • Bobby Taylor, Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)
  • Ahmad Rashad, Sportscaster

Other Public Figures

  • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King
  • Roy Wilkins, Head of NAACP
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson
  • Rev. Ralph Abernathy
  • Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, D.C.
  • Saul Alinsky, Father of Community Organizing
  • Emily Balch, Social Worker and Reformer, 1946 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

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Department Chair

Sonya Laster
Marie Hall Academic Building
Room 163
(432) 685-6885  


Sociology Faculty Contact Information

Division Office

Social & Behavioral Sciences and Business

Marie Hall Academic Building
Room 152
(432) 685-6829
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