Feb 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Department of Sociology

For more information on degree offerings by the faculty of sociology, visit the Department of Sociology webpage.

People spend their entire lives in social groups and networks, ranging from the family to global systems. Sociologists study how these groups and networks work. Developing the ability to analyze society is a core component of anyone’s education and personal development, and thus the sociology major provides a solid foundation for any career. Sociology majors may design a specific program of study in preparation for graduate school, professional school (for example, law, policy, business, social work, urban planning, medicine), and for careers in social service, government, research, teaching, or business. Sociology courses also contribute to the African American studies minor  and the women’s and gender studies major .

Undergraduate Academic Programs

The faculty of sociology offer courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.)  degrees in sociology. Students should consult a sociology faculty advisor to select the appropriate program.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the undergraduate program in sociology will:

  1. Think critically; write in a clear, organized and grammatical way; make effective oral presentations.
    1. Synthesize and present sociological material in a coherent fashion.
    2. Employ evidence in presenting or making arguments.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the core ideas of Sociology.
    1. Competently use basic ideas such as social structure, institution, culture, ideology, identity, stratification, social change, status, norm and socialization.
    2. Demonstrate familiarity with key facts and generalizations about social institutions such as family, education, health care, economy, and political system.
  3. Be familiar with different forms of evidence used in social analysis; understand both quantitative and qualitative analysis; demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues that arise in the course of research.
    1. Identify multiple forms of evidence available for social analysis.
    2. Interpret two-variable and three-variable tables.
    3. Understand correlation, causation, and their difference.
    4. Collect and analyze qualitative data.
    5. Understand professional codes of ethics, including confidentiality, informed consent, and minimization of risk to research participants.
  4. Develop an understanding of how to prepare for professional life after graduation from TU.
    1. Research occupations and/or graduate school degrees and programs.
    2. Learn to use resources provided by Career Services
    3. Explain one’s potential value to employers..

Entry Requirements for Major in Sociology

A student wishing to declare a major in sociology must first consult with the Department of Sociology Chair.


Donald Prudlo

Associate Professors
Lara Foley
Travis Lowe

Assistant Professor
Rachel Head

Affiliated Faculty
Monica Varner