About the Department

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The sociology major offers both structure and flexibility. Students must take 15 credit hours of core subjects that emphasize methods, theory, and fundamental issues and concepts in the discipline. In addition, each student maps out a personalized program of study that will satisfy the department's requirements and accommodate the student's interests and career aspirations.

Opportunities for internships and actual hands-on research experience are available in the criminal justice system, social service agencies, urban planning and environmental protection agencies, and survey research organizations.

Sociology is a rewarding major that may be combined with minors or second majors such as psychology, political science, religion, education, biology, Spanish, English and business. Many sociology majors are also part of the Honors Program and many choose to pursue certificates in Women's and Gender Studies, International Studies or Legal Thought.

Our close, personal attention to students, both within and outside the classroom, is a major strength of the sociology program at The University of Tulsa. We have a deep commitment to teaching and helping students develop their full potential.

We offer courses of study leading to preparation for graduate and professional schools and a variety of careers.

Our graduates have attended law school (Yale University, Columbia University, University of Oklahoma, The University of Tulsa); graduate school (University of California at Berkeley, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Boston College, University of Chicago, Syracuse University, University of North Carolina, University of Texas, University of Houston; Washington University); and medical school (University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University).

Former students are employed in academic and research settings (Vanderbilt University, Duke University, University of Texas, Dartmouth College, Research Triangle Park); business (Blue Cross, Metropolitan Life, Procter and Gamble); government agencies (Departments of Labor, Energy, and Justice; FBI); and social service agencies (Child Protective Services, Family Services, Elderly Care, Domestic Violence Intervention Services, Planned Parenthood, Americorps).