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Department of Sociology


Chair: Curtis D Child

Department Information: 

2008C JFSB



Advisement Center: 

1041 JFSB




Admission to Degree Program

All degree programs in the Department of Sociology are open enrollment.

The Discipline

Sociology is the study of social relations. For example, sociologists study social interactions, the relations of power, modern society, family and community life, organizations, and institutions. Among other things, sociologists study social change and social movements, diversity, the origins of inequality, and social conflict. The study of sociology includes learning about the theoretical perspectives and the diverse research methodologies that inform sociological analysis.

Career Opportunities

Students major in sociology in preparation for a number of different careers. Individuals are trained to analyze available information, summarize findings, draw conclusions, and solve problems. The study of sociology prepares a student for professional training in law, social work, public policy, and public or business administration. Sociology also provides training for occupations that do not require graduate training: commercial and retail sales, real estate, financial planning, information management and analysis, and market research. Students interested in working for nonprofit organizations and for government agencies should consider majoring in sociology. Students interested in studying criminology or a career in law enforcement may also consider sociology as a major. Sociology is also good preparation for improving the quality of life in our families and communities.

Becoming a sociologist requires further graduate study, either a PhD or a master's degree.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:

  • The University Core, consisting of requirements in general and religious education.

  • At least 30 credit hours must be earned in residence on the BYU campus in Provo as an admitted day student

  • A minimum of 120 credit hours

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0

  • Be in good standing with the Honor Code Office

Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.

Graduate Programs Available

This department also offers graduate degree programs. For more information, see Graduate Studies.