​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

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

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Sociologist$74,960 per year15% (400 more jobs)
Market research analyst$60,300 per year32% (131,500 more jobs)
Social/community service manager$59,970 per year21% (27,700 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences website​ or contact:

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Anspach Hall 142
Phone: 989-774-3160​

Program Overview

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.)

Sociology Major

Total: 37 semester hours
Required Courses
(19 hours)
SOC 100
Introductory Sociology
SOC 200
Introduction to Social Research and Analysis
SOC 250
Pro-Seminar in Sociology
SOC 301
Sociological Theory
SOC 302
Social Inequality
SOC 350
Social Research Methodologies
SOC 465
Sociology Capstone
(18 hours)
To complete the 18 hours of Electives, students must take at least two courses in each Elective Area. To satisfy Elective requirements, one course with an ANT or SWK designator may be substituted for a listed SOC course.
Electives I
(6-12 hours)
Electives II
(6-12 hours)