Sociology, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Available: On Campus and Online

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. The subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to large bureaucracies, from education to the environment, from race, gender and social class differences and inequalities to the shared beliefs of a common culture. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is tapped by those who craft policies and create programs.

The mission of the Sociology Department at Sam Houston State University is to cultivate sociological mindfulness, which involves understanding how social forces and cultural contexts shape people’s experiences, how personal troubles are connected to broader social issues, and how social arrangements create both constraints and opportunities for individuals and groups. 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, data analysis and interpretation, sociological theory, and major substantive areas in the field. The primary objective of the department is equips students with the theoretical, methodological, and communication skills to work with others to solve problems and improve social conditions in local communities and the broader society.


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 two flexible ways to take courses: 1) SHSU Campus; and 2) Online.

Sociology coursework includes training in writing, research, and theory. Core courses are complemented by coursework in three substantive areas: 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

  • Human Resources
  • Community Development
  • Non-profit organizations
  • 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