What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of human behaviors and the interaction between human groups and institutions. Sociologists take an in depth look at social inequalities (including race, gender, and class); the environment; cultural traditions; family relations; health care; globalization; politics and social movements; and crime and justice. At UK, sociology students encounter these topics in the academic classroom but are also encouraged to get involved in the field. We offer numerous opportunities for participation in internships, research, volunteering in the community, and study abroad.
Sociology majors are prepared for entry level positions in health services, non-profit organizations, law, criminal justice, and human resources. The Sociology major is also excellent preparation for law school and for graduate study, not just in Sociology, but also fields such as Public Health, Criminology, Public Policy, Business, Public Health, Social Work, and Education. One Sociology graduate even became President of the United States!
- Crime analyst
- Law clerk
- Police officer
- Probation officer
- Domestic violence victim advocate
- Social service case worker
- Community organizer
- Non-profit administration
- Health care service administration
- Human resource manager
- Market researchers and advertiser
- Survey researcher
- Data analyst
What skills will I develop?
- Understand group dynamics and diverse perspectives
- Construct and dissect persuasive arguments
- Collect, manage, and analyze complex forms of data
- Communicate effectively through written and oral presentation