The major in Sociology provides students with a general orientation to, and an understanding of the nature of society, its organization, functions, and fundamental processes. This major is a traditionally established path to careers and professional preparation in the human services. It is frequently the undergraduate major of individuals entering government services and employment in the nonprofit sector. This major typically provides appropriate and adequate preparation for many graduate and professional programs including Law, Public Health, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Work, Human Services Administration, marketing, Policy Analysis, Research, Professional Counseling, Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, and occasionally Medicine.
The major provides very clear pathways to a variety of Internship opportunities. Agencies typically aim their recruitment campaigns and participation opportunities by major departments with Sociology as a very prominent target. This major also provides familiar identification and networking environments for undergraduate students. These services, identity formation, and networking opportunities strengthen the university's ability to provide high quality academic programs and well prepared students pursuing career opportunities in the areas of health care, education, social services, corrections, and law enforcement.
Sociology provides specific and unique approaches to understanding the urban environment and the various aspects of culture. It serves a major role in the university's mission to understand, preserve and promote Africa-American culture. Students with majors in sociology will find research and growth opportunities in cultural analysis and cultural enrichment easily identifiable and readily accessible.