Your Future in Sociology

A Sociology degree can prepare you for numerous careers in human services and corporations or for an entry-level research job as an interviewer or statistician. You can work as a social worker, career or family counselor, parole or probation officer, or in a community service area. Related careers are available in:

  • Advertising and marketing agencies, manufacturing corporations and consulting firms
  • Criminal justice organizations
  • Government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Religious and youth organizations
  • Universities and colleges

Some Sociology majors enter law school or pursue other graduate or professional training.

What we offer

We’ll provide you with a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of social theory and research methods. This is accomplished through a combination of core and elective courses taught by recognized scholars in their field.

Our faculty members have published books, articles and research reports, presented research at national conferences and received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Commonwealth Fund. They’ve also conducted research in Ghana, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Malawi, Sweden and Togo. Their research interests include:

  • Demography
  • Economic sociology
  • Environmental sociology
  • Gerontology and aging
  • Medical sociology
  • Sociology of development and social change
  • Sociology of disasters
  • Sociology of the family and the life cycle
  • Sustainable societies

You can apply classroom learning to real-world situations through our capstone course, internships and research-related projects. Our capstone course focuses on data collection, data analysis, applying theory and presenting the findings. The internship helps you address issues in developing countries such as fertility, birth control and recovery from natural disasters.

Our faculty members and students have been instrumental in improving health and social services in communities with high rates of illness, crime, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

Scholarships are available to help you pursue your education. These scholarships are awarded based on academic performance. Scholarship information is available on our website.

What to expect

You’ll complete 30 or 36 semester hours in sociology, depending on whether it is a B.A. or B.S., which includes six required core courses. Some coursework will focus on environmental sociology, developing societies, gerontology, medical sociology, race and ethnic relations, research methods and statistics, sex and gender, and sociological theory. You’ll be trained to understand the practical applications of sociological principles.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.