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Sociology Major and Minors

Explore inter-group relationships, social change, urban and rural life, contemporary social issues and social movements, all while earning a degree in sociology.

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Hibbard Humanities Hall 629
124 Garfield Avenue

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  • Sociology - Liberal Arts


  • Sociology - Early Adolescence/Adolescence Teaching
  • Sociology - Liberal Arts


  • Social Diversity

Where you'll find our grads

  • Coordinator, Family Support Center, Chippewa Falls, WI
  • Juvenile Probation Officer, Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Jacksonville, FL
  • Graduate school for Higher Education, Counseling, Law School and Social Work
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • AmeriCorps

All the professors, faculty, and staff are easy to talk to and engage in meaningful conversation all the time! I am happy to have been able to be a part of it, and couldn’t sing enough praises about the sociology department to anyone willing to listen!

Lauren Bollaert | sociology, liberal arts major

Prepared for Success

Gain a deeper understanding of the issues such as the causes and consequences of social inequality, family patterns and relationships, demographic changes, crime and delinquency, and the role of race, class and gender in society.

We’ll prepare you for graduate study and/or administrative positions in nonprofit settings, businesses, social service agencies or hospitals. You will be trained to work with people in areas such as family, employment, aging and administration of justice or health services. You’ll learn about various cultures and societies around the world to enhance understanding of intercultural and international issues.

Typical positions held by sociology graduates include working for a nonprofit agency administering programs, a personnel/human resource manager, community worker, social service agency, teacher in secondary schools data analyst for the Census Bureau, social researcher, market researcher, or as a research technician.

The department has administrative responsibility for an interdisciplinary family studies minor and contributes to interdisciplinary programs such as criminal justice major, women’s studies major and minor, gerontology minor, the LGBTQ studies certificate, the social diversity certificate and the transnational Asian studies certificate.

Why UW-Eau Claire


The on-campus Sociology Organization for Students (SOS) sponsors numerous opportunities for student involvement. Off-campus field practicum opportunities allow students to complete internships in private or public organizations under the supervision of faculty and agency representatives.

Get Involved / Student Orgs

Sociology Organization for Students (SOS) - Has done international work, raised money to give small loans in other countries, participate in The Community Table, etc.

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) - Membership by invitation only - based on GPA, credits and class rank.

Research Opportunities

Our outstanding sociology faculty are proud of the individual attention they give their students. You’ll learn in small class settings and get lots of one-on-one attention from professors who inspire learning and truly want you to succeed. In fact, every faculty member engages in collaborative research with students. 

Course Work / Pre-Professional Courses

Required courses for liberal arts sociology majors include:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociological Data Analysis
  • Sociological Research Methods
  • Sociological Theory
  • Sociology Capstone

Liberal arts majors typically take seven sociology elective courses. The elective courses are varied and examine topics such as race and ethnic relations, sociology of gender, social class issues, families and intimate relationships, demography, environmental issues, and media and culture.

Special Admission Guidelines

If you plan to major or minor in sociology, take Sociology 101: Introduction to Sociology, as soon as possible as it is required for both programs and is a prerequisite for most other sociology courses.

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