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WKU-O Undergraduate Programs

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology is the study of social life including the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It looks at groups, organizations, and societies--how they develop and change and how people interact in them. Since so much that humans do is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, from divisions by race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, from the sociology of work to the sociology of popular music. Indeed sociology seems to offer something for everyone, and today's students are increasingly recognizing its career potential.

The Department of Sociology offers programs and course work designed to expand awareness and understanding of the social causes and consequences of human behavior in groups, including organizations, societies, and various cultures.


Completion of the curriculum in sociology will provide you with a broad background for pursuing a variety of careers by helping you to develop the skills most valued by today's employers. These include the ability to communicate effectively and to frame and solve problems realistically in a teamwork setting.


Students will develop the skills most desired by today's employers including the ability to communicate effectively, frame and solve real world problems, and come to empirically driven solutions. Further, our programs provide preparation for research and administrative positions, or for pursuing graduate degrees in Sociology. A minor is required for this degree.

 

Careers (In fields such as...)

- Research
- Human Services
- Social Action and Change
- Specialty
- Government

For more information on career opportunities, follow this link.

 

Coursework

For a listing of the coursework for this program follow this link to the academic plan.

 

WKU-O Requirements

120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:
- 39 semester hours of General Education, or General Education Certified/Associate of Arts/Science degree from KCTCS
- 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)
- 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.

 

Internship

Internships and volunteering provide more for students than just networking, wages (if applicable) and work experience. These opportunities provide students a chance to take a career path for a "test drive." Internships and observations give students the opportunity to compare career expectations to work life reality and take control of making life decisions about their career. Please contact WKU-Owensboro Career Services at (270) 684-9797 for more information or email david.powers@wku.edu for an appointment.

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