Sociology

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“After taking Intro to Sociology I was interested in learning more. I’ve always been fascinated by human interaction and the dynamics of it. Many of my friends are jealous that I have interesting things to talk about from class.” — Bryce Merckling

Welcome to the sociology program at The University of Texas at Dallas, which offers students the opportunity to pursue a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and a master of science degree in applied sociology. Through this program, students analyze the structure of groups within society and the way these groups influence the behavior of individuals.

Some of the areas of sociological inquiry within our program include interactions within and across family units, social distinctions and inequality based on class, race, ethnicity and gender, workplace structures and occupations, as well as education and religious institutions. We also offer a number of courses in public health, which are ideal for students planning to pursue a career in medicine.

Our courses not only emphasize the nature of these topics as they relate to the functioning and stability of society, but also the potential implications for shaping social policy.

Our graduates are employed in areas such as social science and marketing research, social services, teaching, sales and marketing, human resources, public relations and healthcare administration. A number of sociology graduates also pursue professional and graduate degrees in law, social work, counseling, public administration, public policy, criminal justice and medicine.

Pre-Health Track

Many of our students successfully pursue admission to medical school and other health professions schools after graduation. Majoring in sociology can help prepare you for the MCAT because the test is being revised to include more questions about the social contexts of medicine. In fact, beginning in 2015, the MCAT will place more emphasis on sociology, statistics, and research methods as well as the socio-cultural determinants of health and health outcomes. A section on critical analysis and reasoning skills will also require test takers to draw on their knowledge of the social sciences.

As Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. explained in A Word From the President: MCAT2015: An Open Letter to Pre-Med Students, "being a good physician is about more than scientific knowledge. It is about understanding people — how they think, interact, and make decisions. Together with a solid foundation in the natural sciences, an understanding of behavior, perception, culture, poverty, and other concepts from psychology and sociology all contribute to the well-rounded physician."

The UT Dallas Sociology Program offers courses in public health and society, epidemiology, and global health, as well as mental health and illness, and the aging society. Because our BA degree plan includes 26 hours of free electives, in addition to six hours of required science coursework, our pre-health students are able to successfully complete required courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, while also earning a bachelors in sociology. Our graduates have been accepted into some of the nation's top medical schools and health science programs.

Contact Carol Cirulli Lanham for more information on the pre-health track.

Sociology Club

Sociology undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate in the Sociology Club, an organization that meets periodically to plan and participate in community outreach, learn about career and research opportunities, build network ties with students and professionals who share an interest in the sociological perspective, and host guest lectures on topics of interest.

For more information, contact president Stacy Ruiz.