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Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

Our bachelor’s degrees in sociology and sociology teaching prepare you for future graduate work to become a researcher, professor or applied sociologist. Through courses, research, and community engaged learning, we teach analytic and evaluation skills and the global perspective needed to navigate the 21st century successfully. Many graduates go on to careers in government, social service, education and more.

We also offer an emphasis in deviance and criminology for students planning careers in fields like criminal justice or social work.

What You’ll Learn

  • All aspects of society: culture, institutions, etc.
  • Human Behavior
  • Sociological theory
  • Descriptive and inferential statistical analysis techniques
  • Sociological research methods
  • How to recognize a plurality of perspectives
  • And more...

Degree Requirements

  • 36 credit hours in sociology major
  • Minimum grade of C in all minor courses (a C- is not accepted)
  • A minor is required

Sociology Teaching Major

To earn a major in sociology teaching, you must satisfy the teacher education admission and licensure requirements.

Deviance and Criminology Emphasis

Our emphasis in deviance and criminology offers additional knowledge in juvenile delinquency, deviance and social control, criminology and law. We recommend this emphasis if you’re planning a career in criminal justice or social work.

An additional 9 credit hours is required to earn this minor.

Declare Your Program

Contact Belinda McElheny, 801-626-6241 or

Note: Transferring students with a sociology minor can transfer 9 hours of credit from an acceptable sociology program.


You will be assigned to a faculty advisor and will be encouraged to meet with that advisor annually for course and program advisement. Call 801-626-6241 for more information.

Sociology Teaching majors are encouraged to also consult with advisors in the Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education (call 801-626-6269).