Sociology Degrees

“My experience in sociology has been enriching and allowed me to explore many of my interests while honing analytical and critical thinking skills.”
— Katie Ener

BA – Sociology

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 sociology program at UT Dallas trains students to use theoretical frameworks and scientific methods to examine questions about various aspects of social life, such as those related to health and healthcare, religions and religious organizations, educational quality and achievement, workplace policies and corporate downsizing, the global economy, multi-cultural communication and technological changes.

Students seeking a degree in sociology will be equipped with critical 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.

MS – Applied Sociology

With an emphasis on the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and social research skills, the master of science degree in applied sociology is designed to prepare students for careers in policy analysis, program development and evaluation, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. As public, private and nonprofit organizations attempt to maximize their human and monetary resources, they often seek professionals with specialized skills to assess program demands and viability, evaluate program success, direct change and inform policy.

Graduates are trained to fill such roles and effectively apply their knowledge and skills in employment areas including healthcare, local, state and national government, nonprofit social services, community activism, marketing research, human resources and business administration.