Sociology is the scientific study of individuals in their groups and larger social structures. It examines the social context in which the individual lives. Sociology is a discipline that describes, explains, and predicts human social patterns using scientific methods and theoretical constructs. Sociological research can be roughly categorized into two types: pure and applied. Pure sociology includes studies that add or reinforce the overall body of sociological knowledge. Applied sociology includes studies that are directed toward problem clarification and resolution.

The undergraduate degree provides strong liberal arts preparation for a host of careers, e.g. journalism, politics, public relations, business, and public administration -- fields that involve investigative skills, critical thinking, and working with diverse groups. Many students major in sociology because they see it as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling. Some of the best employment prospects may be in policy research and administration, in clinical and applied sociological practice, as well as in the traditional areas of teaching and academic research.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Training students in sociological theory and its role in building sociological knowledge: This outcome fosters UVU’s mission of engaged learning where students learn how to apply academic knowledge to real-life situations, problems, and prospects.
  • Training students to think critically: Our Sociology program encourages critical thinking—a foundation for scholarly and creative work as envisioned by UVU.
  • Training students in qualitative and quantitative sociological methodology: This outcome prepares students to interpret and perform evidence-based research, which in turn helps them secure a job in sociology and related fields including nonprofit, policy, teaching, reporting, law, and social work.


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Sociology Faculty Coordinator

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