- Offered as:
- Graduate program
Sociology looks at society from every angle—it is the scientific study of social life. Sociology is part of the social sciences that aims at answering questions as to why and how we group together to form societies as well as the individual’s role within society. The fundamental insight of the discipline is that the social matters; our lives are affected not only by our personal psychology, but by our place in the social world.
- Program strengths
- The Department of Sociology at Washington State University has been consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation.
- Research is important to sociologists—our undergraduate students have opportunities to work with faculty and graduate students pursuing research.
- Over 70 percent of Ph.D. graduates secured academic appointments at colleges and universities. Another 29 percent secured comparable research positions with government agencies or private research organizations.
- In sociology course work, students focus on developing analytic and writing skills, data analysis, and the ability to understand issues from different points of view.
- Requirements and core courses
24 completed semester credits
2.0 minimum grade point average
Suggested classes for freshmen
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
[SSCI] and [DIVR] UCORE courses outside of sociology
Suggested classes for transfer students
Upper level courses in sociology
Any UCORE [QUAN] Quantitative Reasoning
- MATH 105: Exploring Mathematics
- MATH 205: Statistical Thinking
- STATS 205: Statistical Thinking
The bachelor of arts in sociology requires a minimum of 31 credit hours of sociology course work, as well as 24 credit hours of related field courses, including:
- SOC 310: Development of Social Theory
- SOC 317: Research Methods in Sociology
- SOC 321: Quantitative Techniques in Sociology
- Scholarships and financial aid
For sociology majors
The department offers several scholarships for undergraduate sociology majors, including the Paul and Bessie Landis, Roberta Cline Frasier Anderson, Susan and Sarah Dolan Memorial, Ruth Magnuson Roberts, and alumni awards. There is also an award given to an exceptional senior who has earned the highest grade point average among all eligible sociology undergraduates. Sociology majors may also be eligible for general scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts.
For all students
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs. Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
Students should complete the Washington State University general scholarship application and the FAFSA to ensure their eligibility for the widest range of scholarships and need-based financial aid.
For information or to apply for financial aid and scholarships from WSU, see the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU website.
- Student clubs
- All sociology majors automatically become members of the Sociology Club upon certifying in the major. The Sociology Club is a registered student organization that provides undergraduate students with opportunities in leadership, academic, career, and social activities both on and off campus.
- The department’s chapter of the Alpha Kappa Delta national honor society recognizes students’ academic achievements and provides a valuable national and international network with students and scholars.
- Career options
What you can do with a degree in sociology
• Business management and human resources
• Marketing and public relations
• Financial and statistical analysis
• Program support and recruiting
• Nonprofit and community-based agencies
• Social work and counseling
• Probation and correctional officer
• Education support for at-risk populations
• Social science research
• Local, state, and federal government
Skills you can market with a degree in sociology
• Ability to conduct ethical and effective research
• Using quantitative and symbolic reasoning to analyze data
• Global and community perspective and civic responsibility
• Critical thinking and problem solving
• Cultural and social awareness and sensitivity
• Skillful written and oral communication