CMU’s sociology program will provide you with a sound understanding of human groups, institutions and societies. You’ll be part of a department that supports social justice and diversity while using research and critical thinking to solve social problems. While working toward your sociology major or minor, you also can pursue a concentration in social and criminal justice or youth studies.
Put Your Degree to Work
Sociology graduates find careers as college teachers, demographers, industrial relations consultants, medical sociologists, research analysts and urban planners.
Sociology graduates with a concentration in social and criminal justice find careers as community corrections officers, juvenile court workers, prison counselors, probation and parole officers, victim advocates, and youth caseworkers.
Those with a concentration in youth studies find careers as foster care workers and advocates, nonprofit youth program workers and directors, public school support personnel, youth counselors, and youth services directors.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Sociologist||$74,960 per year||15% (400 more jobs)|
|Market research analyst||$60,300 per year||32% (131,500 more jobs)|
|Social/community service manager||$59,970 per year||21% (27,700 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)
Total: 33 semester hours
Core Courses I
Systematic introduction to the field of sociology, its theories, concepts, and methods. Explores social relationships within the context of social structure. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
Introduction to Social Research and Analysis
First in a two-part methods sequence with SOC 350. Basic research issues. Univariate, bivariate, multivariate analysis techniques in sociology and social work. Computer applications. Prerequisites: SOC 100; completion of math competency.
Examines the links between social structure and self. Substantive topics may include: agency, emotions, socialization, attitudes, gender, inequality, deviance, conflict, and social change. (University Program Group III-A: Behavioral Sciences)
Social Research Methodologies
Second in methods sequence with SOC 200. Research methodologies. Observation and surveys; two from: experiments/single subject design; program evaluation; interviewing/focus groups; ethnography/community studies. Prerequisites: SOC 100; 200 with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better; or for PSY majors, PSY 211 with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better; six additional hours of sociology and/or social work.
Core Courses II
Select one of the following:
Explores the nature and extent of major social problems. Examines structural, institutional, constructionist and normative elements, and encourages critical engagement with types of proposed solutions. (University Program Group III-B: Studies in Social Structures)
Class, race, and gender and other forms of social strata. The bases, consequences, and correlates of position in the system of stratification. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or 201 or 221; or SOC/ANT 101 and a signed Global Justice Minor.
Core Courses III
Select one of the following:
A review of sociological thought within its social and historical context, focusing on Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and the perspectives of symbolic interactionism and feminism. Prerequisites: SOC 100 or 201 or 221
Development of Sociological Theory
In-depth analysis of classical sociological theory focusing on Marx, Durkheim, Weber, and Mead. The historical and intellectual context in which these theorists wrote is emphasized. Prerequisites: SOC 100, 201, 221; or graduate standing.
Courses that appear in more than one elective group below may be counted as satisfying requirements in both groups. Students may complete the 15 hours in electives by taking more than the minimum number of hours from Electives I, Electives II, and/or Electives III or by taking other courses with a SOC, ANT, or SWK designator. Note the limitation on the number of hours of ANT or SWK courses (found under Admissions Standards above) that can be taken as part of the Sociology Major.