Renata T. Forste, Chair
2008C JFSB, (801) 422-3146
College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences Advisement Center
151 SWKT, (801) 422-3541
All degree programs in the Department of Sociology are open enrollment. However, special limitations apply for teaching majors.
Sociology is the study of social relations, for example, the study of social interaction and the relations of power in modern society, family and community life, organizations, and institutions. Among other things, sociologists study social change and social movements, diversity, and 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.
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.
Becoming a sociologist requires further graduate study, either a PhD or a master's degree.
To receive a BYU bachelor's degree a student must complete, in addition to all requirements for a specific major, the following university requirements:
Students should see their college advisement center for help or information concerning the undergraduate programs.
For more information see the BYU 2010–2011 Graduate Catalog.