Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree


Sociology is the study of social life including social interactions, relationships, organizations, and institutions. Exploring the social contexts of "who we are," what we do," and "why we do it," sociologists not only seek to enhance our understanding of the social world but also to make an impact on the world and the lives of the people who inhabit it.

Key Benefits

  • You will have ample opportunity to engage in socially meaningful and relevant psychology subject matter.
  • You will build relationships with caring professors who are nationally-recognized experts and are passionate about their work.
  • You will have the opportunity to travel and present undergraduate research at national academic conferences.
  • You can personally grow and participate in service learning, internship, and practicum experiences.

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Other Sociology Programs

We also offer an academic minor in Sociology.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

We offer more than 25 sociology courses that span around 4 optional concentrations:
  • Social inequality
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Social work and social welfare

Sample Courses

Race, Ethnicity, and Class (SOC 372)

This course explores race, ethnicity and social class from a sociological perspective. Many people believe that American society is color blind and that equal opportunities exist for all. Challenging this assumption by focusing on the continued significance of race, ethnicity, and class in America, this course examines how historical discrimination has led to large gaps in income, wealth, educational opportunities, and health, as well as how these disparities continue to be re-created and reproduced in everyday life.

May Term Study Abroad Experience: A Real World Gender Utopia

This study abroad experience in Norway and Sweden is designed to expose students to issues of gender inequality from a cross-cultural and historical perspective. Students will meet women leaders in both Norway and Sweden who are working on issues central to women's lives in the areas of higher education, and the non-profit and corporate worlds.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

After graduation, Westminster College sociology students have worked in a wide variety of professional fields and settings including:
  • Academia
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Environmental Rights
  • Government
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Social services
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Rehabilitative Services
  • Social Work
Graduates have been accepted into some of the top graduate, professional, and doctoral programs in the country including: 
  • Boston College
  • Columbia University
  • Georgetown University.
  • Louisiana State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Texas
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington

Student Success

With the support of caring and nationally-recognized professors, our students have presented their undergraduate research at national academic conferences in:
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • New Orleans
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington D.C.

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)


You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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