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(Bachelor of Arts Degree)

Sociologists play a central role in our society, teaching us to appreciate diversity and human behavior. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for professionals in the Sociology field is projected to grow nearly 10% over the next eight years, faster than the average for all occupations. 

The sociology major is for students who desire to work in the helping or research professions. Employment in the helping professions would include working in government agencies, non-profit organizations, education, the criminal justice field, or other fields. Research professions would consist of jobs related to social science research, demography, and business. Sociology provides valuable insight and analysis into the workings of society, the family, the legal system, and other institutions.

In addition to classroom study, students have the opportunity through internships to gain job-relevant skills, knowledge of the field, and clinical experiences. Students also can conduct and participate in research projects, which can be presented at local and regional sociology conferences. 

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A Midland Sociology major:

  1. Demonstrates an ability to use the sociological imagination to critically think about and understand individuals and society, as well as the relationship between them.
  2. Describes key concepts, principles, and applications in the areas of general sociology, culture, socialization, stratification, social structure, theory, institutions, and differentiations by race/ethnicity, gender, age, and class.
  3. Applies the scientific method and ethical principles to the study of human behavior: integrates previous empirical literature, designs, conducts, and interprets sociological research.
  4. Demonstrates information literacy using scientific reasoning to interpret and evaluate sociological phenomena.
  5. Demonstrates effective writing, presentation, and communication skills for different purposes.
  6. Is a competitive candidate for entry-level work in the field and/or admission to graduate school.

Career Opportunities

  • Case Worker
  • Police Officer
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Human Resources (HR) Representative
  • City Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Management Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Media Planner
  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Survey Research
  • Urban Planner
  • Human Services Worker
  • Peace Corps/VISTA Worker


A full list of Midland University courses and credit information can be found in the Academic Catalog.

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