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A degree in sociology from Lindenwood University is an excellent springboard for entering the world of social research, criminology, demography, social psychology, public administration, gerontology, education, rehabilitation, social work, and market research. Sociology also provides a useful background for those planning to enter law, business, medicine, community planning, architecture, and politics.

About Sociology at Lindenwood University

The Lindenwood University Anthropology & Sociology department offers a bachelor of arts (BA) degree in sociology requiring 45 credit hours.

When you major in sociology at Lindenwood University, you will gain a broad global perspective for understanding society and its relationship to individual and group behavior. Courses within this degree program will help prepare you for a broad range of careers in law, government service, business, counseling, journalism, social services, urban policy development, teaching, international relations, consulting, and statistical survey research.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society. It is a discipline that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to understand human social activity in many different contexts. Sociology majors learn how sociologists study human behavior ranging from the micro-level of individuals involved in social interaction to the macro-level of complex groups and organizations that influence the individual. Some sociologists focus on the study of common, routine, and norms that guide human behavior in everyday life. Sociologists do research on human social activity in small-scale pre-industrial societies as well as large scale industrial and post-industrial societies.

Sociology is a very broad discipline. It includes the study of social stratification and class inequalities, social mobility, race and ethnic relations, gender roles, and institutions such as the family, politics, religion, health care, and rural and urban social life, social deviance, social movements, and globalization. Sociological research methods draw upon a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques in order to study social activity as it relates to these different contexts.

A degree in sociology from Lindenwood University is an excellent springboard for entering the world of social research, criminology, demography, social psychology, public administration, gerontology, education, rehabilitation, social work, and market research. Sociology also provides a useful background for those planning to enter law, business, medicine, community planning, architecture, and politics.

Lindenwood University Sociology Faculty

The sociology faculty at Lindenwood University is made up of active instructors and researchers who bring years of professional experience into the classroom. Besides opportunities to interact with faculty during normal coursework, we also open our research work to students and offer other research opportunities so they can gain practical, hands-on experience. The doors are always open. 

Earning a Degree in Sociology at Lindenwood University

Earning a BA degree in sociology at Lindenwood University requires 45 credit hours. Our courses and experience opportunities together provide a strong background for graduate school and the job market. You will study the concepts of sociology, cultural anthropology, psychology, sociocultural theory, plus have the opportunity to delve into topics such as social deviance, the sociology of sport, social problems, social and cultural change, plus many more. Degree requirements.

Earning a Minor in Sociology at Lindenwood University

Lindenwood University offers a minor in sociology. A minor is simply a secondary academic subject to add to your knowledge, whether it is of professional or personal interest. The minor in sociology requires 18 credit hours. You will have the opportunity to study topics like cultural anthropology, race, ethnicity, and gender, and more. Combining a minor with a major of your choice could make you more marketable to potential employers upon graduation. Minor requirements.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Sociology from Lindenwood University?

Sociology graduates from Lindenwood University find jobs in many different types of social service agencies. Sociology majors work for nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and correctional institutions. They also find jobs in business and industry in market research, public relations, customer service, management, advertising, human resources, and sales.

Although few occupations include “sociologist” in their title at the bachelor's level, the sociological perspective and methodologies provide you with valuable preparation for many careers in private firms, government and non-governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. For example, students who concentrate on coursework in areas such as social inequalities, human rights, race and ethnic relations, gender issues, social problems, development or social movements are prepared for work in government agencies and non-governmental organizations that promote human welfare. Students interested in business careers with private or nonprofit firms can emphasize courses in law, occupations and professions, corporate sociology, or the sociology of work. Students preparing to work overseas in voluntary or development agencies can benefit from area studies, courses in global interdependence and human rights. Sociology also prepares students planning to enter professional schools in sociology, education, social work, public health, law, medicine, business administration, urban/rural community development, public policy, and theology.

A strong undergraduate major in sociology provides a competitive advantage in the search for employment. Sociology majors become prepared for work in non-academic settings including management of human resources, marketing, program evaluation, public policy, and a variety of other positions that require an understanding of human culture and behavior. Careers in sociology are also available in academic settings — teaching high school, community/junior college, technical college, four-year college/university, and graduate levels.

As you see, sociology is a field with several specialty areas with salaries varying widely. Please see the Occupational Outlook Handbook at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website for job outlooks in sociology.

Contact the Lindenwood University Sociology Department

For more information about Sociology at Lindenwood University, please call Dr. Suzanne Stoelting, Associate Professor of Sociology by telephone at (636) 949 4733 or e-mail at sstoelting@lindenwood.edu, or contact Lindenwood University Admissions at 636-949-4949 or by email at admissions@lindenwood.edu.

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