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Our versatile undergraduate major introduces students to social issues and processes in a variety of domains, including deviance, criminology, and the law; globalization, environment, and politics; population and health; and diversity and inequality.

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WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?

Sociology is the study of how human behavior shapes and is shaped by larger cultural and social contexts.

It provides a lens to analyze, understand and explain important matters in our

  • personal lives
    • relationships
    • family conflict
    • ethnic & gender identity
  •  communities
    • crime & law
    • poverty & wealth
    • social movements
    • health outcomes
  • the world
    • population growth
    • globalization & economic development

WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?

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WHY STUDY SOCIOLOGY?

In a world full of #fakenews, it's increasingly important to understand key social issues like

  • race
  • poverty
  • urbanization
  • inequalities
  • globalization
  • immigration
  • environmental change
  • gender
  • power
  • class

Students will become critical observers, participants and actors in the world using the perspective and insight gained from sociological theories and methods.

WHY A SOCIOLOGY MAJOR?

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WHERE DO SOCIOLOGY GRADUATES GO?

Enter the workforce in the public, private or nonprofit sectors in positions such as

  • Child Advocate
  • Compliance Manager
  • Data Research Coordinator
  • Operational Support Technician
  • Program Manager

Undertake graduate study in areas such as

  • criminal justice
  • global affairs
  • law
  • medicine
  • public administration

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WHERE THEY ARE NOW?

PRE-MED STUDENTS

Did you know the MCAT includes a section about social and behavioral sciences? Pursuing a degree or coursework in sociology is a great way to prepare for med school and a career as a doctor.

SOCIOLOGY IN HEALTH & MEDICINE

 

Undergraduate Contacts

heathermelton

Heather Melton

Director of Criminology
heather.melton@soc.utah.edu

Sara Grineski 

Sara Grineski, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Studies
sara.grineski@soc.utah.edu

Last Updated: 7/1/21