Degree Program Overview

Sociology offers so many ways to understand how society works, and it helps you to have a greater understanding of why certain things happen. A sociology degree provides you with the tools to critically analyze the world and your place within the larger context. You will also learn practical skills needed to succeed in today’s global world.

The Department of Sociology is committed to high quality instruction and research. Students in the undergraduate program will gain an understanding in techniques of sociological research, social statistics, sociological theory, and major substantive areas in the field. The primary objective of the department is to provide students with professional skills to analyze social issues in applied settings.


Students wishing to pursue a degree in sociology have the choice of either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS). The Department of Sociology also offers three flexible ways to take courses: 1) SHSU Campus; 2) The Woodlands Center; and 3) Online.

Instruction in general sociology is complemented by specialization in three substantive areas. Students can choose to concentrate their undergraduate curriculum in Social Change and Economy and Society; Culture and Social Institutions; or Inequality and Society.

Students are encouraged to participate in research projects and extra-curricular activities designed to foster critical sociological thinking and knowledge of today’s world. Sociology students have the opportunity to participate in SHSU’s Academic Community Engagement (ACE) initiative. ACE allows students to use the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to make a difference in our community.


As part of this program, the Department of Sociology offers internships for juniors and seniors. Interning is an opportunity for Sociology majors to gain practical experience with community organizations. Participants earn upper-level course credit for their internship.

Learn more about sociology internships.

Careers in Sociology

  • Case Management
  • Community Relations
  • Social Statistics
  • Public Administration
  • Policy or Program Analysis

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Bachelor of Science in Sociology
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall and Spring
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Sociology brochure (.pdf)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15