Sociology is a social science that involves the study of social behavior and interactions in family units, groups, organizations, institutions, communities and societies. Sociologists view the world through the lens of different cultures, social classes and social groups. The field trains students to use theoretical frameworks and scientific methods to examine questions about various aspects of social life such as workplace policies and corporate restructuring, the global economy, health and healthcare, religions and religious organizations, educational quality and achievement, technological changes, and multi-cultural communication.
Students seeking a degree in sociology will be equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in a 21st century workplace including critical thinking, analytic problem solving, effective written and verbal communication, and an understanding of multi-cultural and global issues. Few fields incorporate such a broad knowledge base, skill set and application to the social world. Sociology graduates often are employed in areas such as sales and marketing, human resources, social science and marketing research, nonprofit services and administration, education and public relations.
Many sociology graduates also pursue professional and graduate degrees in law, social work, counseling, criminal justice, public administration, public policy, and advanced degrees in sociology.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their career. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and help students connect with campus recruiters, among other services.
The mission of the BA program in sociology is to provide undergraduate students (both majors and non-majors) with broad knowledge of the theoretical concepts, empirical research findings and methodological approaches of the discipline of sociology, with an emphasis on theory and research related to social inequality. Sociology majors should gain mastery of these concepts, as well as develop skills for analysis of social structures, processes and institutions.
At UT Dallas, sociology majors are encouraged to go beyond scholarly study to explore the ways that this area of study can be used in business, government and nonprofit organizations. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship while in the sociology program. This will provide an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired through coursework in a work setting, as well as to expand valuable social network connections.
The general BA degree requires 120 hours to graduate: 42 hours from the University’s core curriculum, 46 hours from the major and 32 hours of electives.
UT Dallas undergraduates who meet the requirements for admission to graduate school and have at least a 3.25 UT Dallas cumulative GPA should consider the Fast-Track option. Fast-Track allows students to take up to 15 credit hours of graduate courses their senior year that can be applied toward both their bachelor's degree and a master's degree. Students who successfully complete the Fast-Track requirements are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) before entering the master's program.
Every new generation inherits a world more complex than that of its predecessors, which prompts a need for new thinking about public policies that impact people's daily lives. While our colleagues in the Naveen Jindal School of Management or the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science are creating new managerial or technological systems, we in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) examine the implications of innovation and change for individuals and communities.
As an undergraduate in EPPS, you will have the chance to work with professors who are probing issues that will affect your future. You will develop the vital skills you need to thrive in a rapidly evolving, highly competitive job market. EPPS will prepare you for careers in government, non-profits and the private sector that enable you to make a real difference in the world of today and tomorrow.
Consider the following example of exciting work under way in EPPS. One of the most complex issues of our time is the question of how to improve public education. Researchers from a variety of disciplines within EPPS are going beyond policy-makers' opinions and collaborating to examine hard data and measure efficiency. Their research could help improve educational practice and enhance our children's ability to compete in a dynamic society.
EPPS is at the forefront of leadership, ethics and innovation in the public and nonprofit sectors. Our students and faculty look forward to new opportunities to study and address the complex and evolving issues of the future.
Research informs much of the instruction. The school has seven centers of excellence:
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts: Criminology, economics, geospatial information sciences, international political economy, political science, public affairs, sociology
Master of Science: Criminology, economics, geospatial information sciences, international political economy, applied sociology, justice administration and leadership
Master of Arts: Political science, political science-constitutional law, political science-legislative studies
Master of Public Affairs: Public affairs
Master of Public Policy: Public policy
Doctor of Philosophy: Criminology, economics, geospatial information sciences, political science, public affairs, public policy and political economy
EPPS offers the following graduate certificates, which generally can be completed in one year of part-time evening classes:
Geographic Information Systems (GISc): a 15-hour graduate certificate focusing on the application of GIS in government, private sector and scientific areas.
Remote Sensing: a 15-hour graduate certificate focusing on remote sensing and digital image processing.
Geospatial Intelligence: a 15-hour graduate certificate focusing on the application of geospatial ideas and techniques to national security and other intelligence activity.
Local Government Management: a 15-hour graduate certificate for students who desire to broaden their knowledge of important issues and approaches employed by professional local public administrators.
Nonprofit Management: a 15-hour graduate certificate designed to provide an overview of the nature and context of nonprofit organizations and develop competencies needed by nonprofit managers.
Carol Cirulli Lanham, PhD
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies
School Of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road GR 31
Richardson, TX 75080-3021