Sociology contains a number of specialty areas including social inequality, race and ethnic relations, urban studies, social movements, law and justice, marriage and family, gender, sexuality, culture and more.

Degree Overview

Several popular classes focus on research, providing students with opportunities to conduct original work under the guidance of a faculty member. Recent research projects have focused on the homeless, the dynamics of congregations, family interactions, labor unions, the assimilation of minority groups and criminal justice.

There are many electives to choose from to complete your degree requirements. Electives cover areas such as the sociology of gender, human rights, criminology, social movements and more.

Students have an opportunity to complete an internship as part of their coursework and to integrate their academic learning with work experiences. They also can participate in the Sociology and Law and Justice Club, a recently formed chapter at CUC.

If choosing to minor in sociology, you are required to take courses covering the fundamentals of sociology and research methods. To complete requirements, you may choose from many electives that are of interest you.

For details about required courses, please visit our online catalog.

Sociology Major Opportunities

Located only 10 miles from downtown Chicago, the University’s location enables students to experience diversity whether it pertains to the arts, cultural institutions or as a learning laboratory. There are nearly endless opportunities for internships, research, study and service.  

CUC’s sociology students have distinguished themselves by presenting the results of their research at several local and national conferences including Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area symposia, the Midwest Sociological Association, Concordia University Chicago’s annual Women’s and Gender Studies Conference and the American Sociological Association.

Students participate in a variety clubs, associations, organizations and events such as the Global Justice Series. See what our current students have been up to by visiting our student showcase

Sociology honor students are also invited to join Alpha Kappa Delta, a national sociology honor society. The worldwide society has more than 490 chapters and more than 80,000 members who benefit from scholarship and publication opportunities. 

What can I do with a Sociology degree?

Sociology majors typically find jobs in law, business, media, marketing and public relations arenas, social service agencies, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and hospitals and health care systems.    

    A bachelor of arts degree in sociology is also excellent preparation for future graduate work to one day become a professor, researcher or applied sociologist.

    Student Testimonial

    “It is without question that the Sociology Department provides all their students with opportunities like the one I have had. With their support, I have been accepted to UIC for their master’s program. Thank you to the department for building an ongoing relationship with students, like me, and always encouraging us to pursue our education and career goals.” – Shankar Peterson ’06, Sociology major