Bachelor's Degree in Sociology

Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

Degree Description

The Lamar University Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology provides you with scientific knowledge of the structures, forms, and dynamics of human interaction within a broadly-based liberal arts education.  The program emphasizes the research methods used to acquire data, test hypotheses, conduct analyses and evaluate information. You'll study subject matter  from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, from the division of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, from the sociology of religion to the sociology of education. You'll graduate prepared to critically consider social problems such as crime, unemployment, violence, urban decay, poverty, discrimination and social inequality. 

The Lamar University Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology, available as a residential or fully-online program, provides you with scientific knowledge of the structures, forms, and dynamics of human interaction within a broadly-based liberal arts education. The program emphasizes the research methods used to acquire data, test hypotheses, conduct analyses and evaluate information. You'll study subject matter  from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, from the division of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, from the sociology of religion to the sociology of education. You'll graduate prepared to critically consider social problems such as crime, unemployment, violence, urban decay, poverty, discrimination and social inequality. 

Why Study Sociology at Lamar?

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology at Lamar University allows you to focus on general areas of interest that motivate you. If you're interested in organizational theory, you might gravitate toward organizational planning and training. If you study the sociology of work and occupations, you may pursue a career in human resources or industrial relations. If you especially enjoy research design, statistics and data analysis, consider positions in marketing, public relations, or organizational research. If you are interested in an international business career, build courses in economic and political sociology, cultural diversity, racial and ethnic relations and social conflict into your curriculum.

Taken on campus or online, the Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology at Lamar University prepares you to understand and deal with diversity, modernization, and social change locally and globally. You'll build core competencies for careers that require technological savvy, communication skills, research and analysis abilities, community awareness and action, critical thinking and problem-solving, intercultural-interpersonal skills and critical self-reflection. Your faculty advisors and mentors will help you build a curriculum for the discipline and career you choose.

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Career Paths

As a sociology graduate, you might establish a rewarding career in a variety of professions, including law, business administration, health, politics, urban planning, city government, counseling and human resources, advertising and marketing, public relations and the media, criminal justice, education, and the nonprofit sector.

Primary Careers

Attorney, City Administrator, Public Relations Specialist, Educator

Meet the Faculty

Faculty Member NameDr. Chiung-Fang Chang
Sociology Program Director
Associate Professor
Faculty Member NameDr. Ginger Gummelt
Social Work Program Director
Assistant Professor
Faculty Member NameDr. Robert Worley
Criminal Justice Program Director, Associate Professor
Faculty Member NameDr. Stuart A. Wright
Department Chair
Sociology Professor