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Sociology

Westminster's Sociology Program

Why a Sociology Major or Minor?

Sociology is the study of social life including social interactions, relationships, organizations, and institutions. As such, it encompasses everything involving people, which is, of course, everything. From the smallest of groups (“what makes a couple a couple”) to the largest of institutions (“why are some governments more democratic than others”), sociologists explore the social contexts of “who we are,” “what we do,” and “why we do it.” If you are interested in the “social world” in the broadest sense of the term and would like to be part of a discipline that not only seeks to better understand that world but also to make a lasting, positive difference in that world, as well as the lives of the people who inhabit it, then a sociology major or minor may be just what you are looking for.

What Can I Do with a Sociology Major or Minor?

Because sociology involves the study of people, sociology is a foundational degree for any occupation that involves working with people, which is just about every occupation. Among the many careers options that highly utilize and value sociological knowledge and skills are: law, politics, government, business, education, teaching, health care, social policy, social services, social work, community organization, public relations, international relations, human resources, communications, media, journalism, writing, advertising, and marketing, not to mention the “option” of advanced graduate studies in sociology, social science, and/or other related fields.

What Other Majors or Minors Are Compatible with Sociology?

Just about any major or minor that Westminster offers is compatible with sociology. For example, anthropology, justice studies, political science, and psychology are all natural fits. But so are communications, economics, education, English, environmental studies, film studies, gender studies, history, management, marketing, and philosophy, as well as the fine arts and language arts. Furthermore, a sociological background can complement and enhance a degree in the natural sciences and health sciences.

What is Special About Westminster's Sociology Major and Minor?

Small interactive classes and the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with friendly professors who, in addition to being nationally-recognized experts, are passionate about their work and just as passionate about their teaching. Westminster’s sociology faculty members have an active investment in your ongoing education and career goals, and will personally support you through every step of your studies. As undergraduate students, Westminster sociology majors and minors have presented research papers at national academic conferences in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Antonio, Boston, and Washington D.C. After graduation, they have worked in all of the previously mentioned occupations, as well as been accepted into numerous graduate schools and doctoral programs including the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, Boston College, Penn State, University of Washington, University of Illinois at Chicago, Louisiana State University, and the University of Utah.