The undergraduate program in Sociology is designed to satisfy the intellectual, career, and civic interests of students who are concerned about social inequality, social change, and social interaction. The sociological perspective and the technical knowledge and skills developed in this program contribute to critical thinking, writing skills, and data-based reasoning. The program prepares students for a broad range of occupations in health, social work, law, public affairs, public administration, criminal justice, industrial organization, education, etc.

Many Sociology courses are part of the University Social Science Core. These courses address a wide range of important sociological themes ranging from the study of major social institutions, such as the family, religion, education, mass media, the workplace, and justice system, to the analysis of global social processes including culture, identity formation, war and peace, deviance and social control, aging, social movements, and inequalities in the areas of race, class, and gender.