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College of Arts & Sciences

Sociology

15%

Rate of growth in the Sociology field

90%

of faculty have won research or teaching awards

$72,810

Median salary for Sociologists

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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.

Careers

Grow Your Future

A Sociology degree equips students with marketable skills, such as the ability to:

  • 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

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, and Education. One Sociology graduate even became President of the United States!

Career opportunities in Sociology

  • Crime analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Paralegal
  • 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
  • Teacher
  • Survey researcher
  • Data analyst
  • Professor

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Sociology (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • SOC 101 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3

    Introduction to the concepts and methods of sociology. Topics shall include socialization; group processes, social inequalities; social institutions; and social change. This course or its equivalent Sociology courses. Students may not receive credit for both this course and RSO 102.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Premajor Course Selection3
  • Foreign Language 2013
  • Course Outside Sociology (200+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 2023
  • Sociology Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Sociology (300+ level)3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • SOC 302 - SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS3

    A focus on issues of social and behavioral research design, covering such topics as the relationship between theory and research, the ethics of social science research, units of analysis, identification of variables and statement of hypotheses, sampling, measurement, and modes of social observation. Required for majors. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
  • Sociology Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Sociology (300+ level)3
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • SOC 303 - SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS II3

    This course focuses on the use of quantitative analysis techniques and software in social and behavioral research, covering such topics as univariate and bivariate analysis, parameter estimation, and hypothesis testing. Required for majors. Prereq: SOC 302 or PSY 215.

  • Sociology Course (300+ level)3
  • Course Outside Sociology (300+ level)3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • SOC 304 - CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY3

    A survey and analysis of theories of human social interaction and society from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Works of theorists, such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Simmel, and Mead will be considered. Emphasis is on the development of sociology as a discipline. Required for majors.

  • Sociology Course (400+ level)3
  • Course Outside Sociology (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total14
Spring Semester
  • Sociology Course (300+ level)3
  • Sociology Course (400+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total14
    • Total Senior Hours28
  • Sociology (BS) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • SOC 101 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3

    Introduction to the concepts and methods of sociology. Topics shall include socialization; group processes, social inequalities; social institutions; and social change. This course or its equivalent Sociology courses. Students may not receive credit for both this course and RSO 102.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • SOC 235 - INEQUALITIES IN SOCIETY3

    This course seeks to promote an understanding of inequalities in American society by considering them in the context of the social origins, development, and persistence of inequalities in the United States and other societies. Bases of inequality that may be considered include race/ethnicity, class/status, gender/sexuality, age, political and regional differences as these relate to politics, social justice, community engagement, and/or public policy.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • UK Core - Humanities3
    • Total16
    • Total Freshman Hours32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • Foreign Language 2013
  • Sociology Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (200+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Foreign Language 2023
  • Sociology Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • SOC 302 - SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS3

    A focus on issues of social and behavioral research design, covering such topics as the relationship between theory and research, the ethics of social science research, units of analysis, identification of variables and statement of hypotheses, sampling, measurement, and modes of social observation. Required for majors. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • GLOBALIZATIONA CROSS- CULTURL PERSPECTVE99999
  • A&S Humanities (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total18
Spring Semester
  • SOC 303 - SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS II3

    This course focuses on the use of quantitative analysis techniques and software in social and behavioral research, covering such topics as univariate and bivariate analysis, parameter estimation, and hypothesis testing. Required for majors. Prereq: SOC 302 or PSY 215.

  • Sociology Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours33

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • SOC 304 - CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY3

    A survey and analysis of theories of human social interaction and society from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Works of theorists, such as Marx, Weber, Durkheim, Simmel, and Mead will be considered. Emphasis is on the development of sociology as a discipline. Required for majors.

  • Sociology Course (400+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (300+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Sociology Course (300+ level)3
  • Sociology Course (400+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
  • Natural Science/Math Course (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

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