Make the world a better, brighter place with a degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Rooted in experiential learning, our growing program focuses on ways you can make a difference and positively impact society.
A broad, rigorous curriculum includes a variety of electives, giving you the freedom to personalize your education and pursue multiple passions. Explore courses in social movements, social change, inequality, sexuality and gender, gerontology, race and ethnicity, family, the environment and more.
Opportunities to travel, study abroad or intern will allow you to build awareness of the world around you. And unique research projects and presentations will build your problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, leadership, data collection and analytical skills.
Because the major covers so many different topics, students are able to take their degree in many different directions — help people to overcome addictions, improve worksite wellness, help veterans find housing, or coordinate trainings and conferences. With a degree in sociology, your job opportunities are endless.
There are a number of scholarships available to students with a sociology major. For example, the Albert and Marie Blumenthal Sociology Scholarship awards six scholarships of $100 to students nominated by faculty. And the Robert and Claribel Rowan Sociology Fund offers awards (up to $450) for departmental achievements, such as "Best Sociological Group Project" and "Advanced Achievement in Sociology."
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your sociology degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Sociology program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major requires a minor.
- This program is also available as a minor.
- Sociology Organization for Students (SOS)
- Alpha Kappa Delta
Mentorship from faculty. UW Eau Claire's sociology program is known for providing exceptional mentorship to students. Our passionate, caring faculty go out of their way to offer guidance, support and unique learning opportunities. Small class sizes allow you to form meaningful relationships with your professors and peers.
A global education. A wide range of sociology courses and immersion trips will help you to learn about various cultures and societies around the world. You'll enhance your understanding of intercultural and international issues, demographic changes and causes and consequences of social inequality.
Research opportunities. Discover new data and ways of thinking through student-faculty research projects and a capstone project. These experiences are highly sought after by employers and can help you to network and narrow down your career path.
Professional experience. Gain real-world experience through a sociology internship. The program's strong ties to the community and local employers can help you find an experience that fits your career goals. Past students have interned at places like the Bolton Refuge House, Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony, Hope Street Ministries, Volume One, and the Western District of Wisconsin Probation and Pretrial.
A degree in sociology opens many doors. Graduates have gone on to pursue graduate school or successful careers in higher education, nonprofits, private businesses, social service agencies and hospitals.
Where are sociology alumni now?
- Employment counselor, Community Involvement Programs, Minnesota
- Family and community specialist, Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper MI, Wisconsin
- Firstsource professional, UW-Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- HR solution specialist, Midwest Dental, Wisconsin
- Coordinator, Family Support Center, Wisconsin
- Juvenile probation officer, Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Florida
- Health care advocate
- Program coordinator
- Research administrator
- Employment and training counselor
- Youth engagement coordinator
- Advising outreach coordinator
- Recovery facilitator
- Social researcher
My professors encouraged me to take what I already knew about the world and expand upon it in areas that fascinated me. I found this passion for learning that I never knew I could have and am beyond grateful.
Sociology majors are required to complete five core courses in the major, allowing you to complete the major requirements in as few as four semesters. The areas of study you choose beyond those courses can help shape your degree to better fit your career or graduate school goals.
Sociology students are required to complete a 24-credit minor in some other discipline to satisfy graduation requirements.
Classes for sociology majors may include:
- Introduction to Sociology
- Sociological Theory
- Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice
- Survey of the Criminal Justice System
- Sociological Data Analysis
Learn more about the sociology major in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the sociology minor in the UWEC course catalog.
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