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Sociology is the study of social life, social organization, and social change. Students of Sociology study the causes and consequences of a wide range of human behaviors, interactions, groups, organizations, and institutions. Students of Sociology at Colorado Mesa University can take courses on substantive topics ranging from inequality, to religion, to social movements, to families, to sociological theory (just to name a few). Sociology has a tradition of developing explanations for how social order can be maintained as well as how and why social change happens. Few fields of study are as far-ranging and relevant to the everyday world that we live in.

Colorado Mesa University offers a comprehensive program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. It is also possible to earn a Minor in Sociology, a degree which meshes well with virtually any other academic programs, including any of the other degree programs in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Both options (BA in Sociology, Minor in Sociology) exemplify Colorado Mesa University's liberal arts mission by emphasizing critical thinking, statistical literacy, and the application of the "sociological imagination" to problems, programs, and policies in the real world. Beyond these opportunities, a degree in sociology prepares students for responsible action in the social world and provides a foundation for lifelong learning and civic participation.

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Career Opportunities

Sociology provides many distinctive perspectives on the social world, as well as a range of research methodologies that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life, from corporate downsizing to problems of peace and war to the expression of emotion and beyond. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is an expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create social programs. Sociology majors gain important skills in critical thinking, research methods and responsible citizenship. Thus they are well-prepared for future graduate work in Sociology and related disciplines, as well as for careers in social services, human resources, government, business, the health professions, and the criminal justice system.

The Sociology Program

One of the strengths of the CMU sociology program is its emphasis on the values and content of a traditional liberal arts degree, providing students with critical thinking skills, communication skills, and research skills that are applicable in a broad range of careers in non-profit organizations, business and government. The program also offers excellent preparation for graduate study in sociology. Courses on substantive topics range from inequality, to religion, social movements, families and sociological theory (to name just a few). Sociology majors are encouraged to earn a minor in one of a wide variety of disciplines. Sociology majors at CMU enjoy a high acceptance rate to graduate school in sociology, applied sociology, and social work. Graduates who continue their education also go to law school, divinity school, public administration, human relations, and international studies.


The majority of CMU sociology courses are taught by passionate and approachable faculty with doctorates from top-notch universities who have chosen to make undergraduate teaching their top priority. Upper-division students enjoy small classes that offer opportunities for discussion and participation. Faculty also supervise students seeking research experience, undertaking independent study, and writing honors theses.

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honor society for sociology, provides funds and opportunities for sociology majors to travel to professional conferences and bring speakers to campus. Involvement in AKD is also a great "resume builder" that helps students applying for jobs and graduate school.

Graduates of this major will be able to:

Articulate the reciprocal relationship between individuals and society (specialized knowledge);

Interpret published statistical findings on social problems or issues (quantitative fluency);

Frame and answer complex questions about social issues using theoretical perspectives and the scholarship from the field of sociology (specialized knowledge, critical thinking);

Write a fully developed and empirically supported research paper in standard American Sociological Association format (communication fluency);

Describe ways in which theories and research from the discipline of sociology are applied in real-world organizational and clinical settings (applied learning).

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