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Westminster's Sociology Program


In a nutshell, sociology is the study of society and everything that comprises it. Sociologists study social interactions, organizations, and institutions using critical analysis and empirical evidence. Sociology covers a broad range of topics, including everything from social revolutions and human rights to popular music. Many sociologists seek not only to understand the social world, but also to make lasting, positive differences in that world and the lives of people who inhabit it.


Sociology offers students the ability to critically analyze the world they live in and engage meaningfully with the people around them. Sociology students are passionate about a variety of issues and their involvement with society cultivates cultural empathy. These skills are valuable in many careers, as well as in personal interactions.

What is special about sociology at westminster?

Westminster provides students with the opportunity to explore sociological topics in small classes where they learn alongside enthusiastic and curious professors. Students commonly pursue their own interests with the support and guidance of the sociology faculty both inside and outside of the classroom. At Westminster, students are encouraged to passionately engage with the course material and sculpt their own sociological experiences.

What are sociology students at westminster doing?

Westminster's sociology students engage with their both academic and local communities in a variety of ways. Students participate in a wide variety of service learning, international learning, internship, and practicum experiences such as volunteering at Whittier Elementary School, Utahans Against Hunger, and the Rape Recovery Center and interning at the YWCA, the International Rescue Committee, and the ACLU. Outside of Salt Lake City, sociology students have presented their research at national conferences in, among other cities, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Antonio, Boston, Washington D.C., and Chicago. After graduation, Westminster College sociology students have worked in a variety of professional fields and settings as well as been accepted into some of the best graduate schools and doctoral programs in the country including the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Boston College, Penn State University, Northwestern University, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Washington, Louisiana State University, and Loyola University in Chicago.