BA in Sociology

What is Sociology?

According to the American Sociological Association, Sociology is:

  • the study of society
  • a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies
  • the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes
  • the scientific study of social aggregations, the entities through which humans move throughout their lives
  • an overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology, and economics

Major or Minor in Sociology

Sociology students at Humboldt State University find an active and supportive departmental culture that surrounds coursework in sociological theory, methods and current social issues. Department faculty members have a strong commitment to social justice that shapes course offerings and content. Students prepare themselves for sociology-related careers as well as graduate studies. Service learning is integrated into the curriculum through the social issues and action course that includes volunteering with local community-based organizations. Sociology students at Humboldt State have access to a variety of hands-on learning and research experiences. While most universities save these opportunities for grad students, our students are working alongside their professors from the undergraduate level.

The Sociology and Criminology Club creates additional opportunities for students to connect with each other, faculty and local community organizations. Because of the breadth, adaptability and practical applications of Sociology, students with a BA in Sociology choose to work in many different sectors: non-profit, private business, social services, education, health services, public relations, criminal justice and government.

The Sociology major requires 28/29 units in core classes, four courses (16 units) in three different knowledge areas, and a Capstone Experience. Learn more about the major requirements by reviewing the HSU catalog and Major Planning Guide.

The Sociology minor has two required courses, plus students must successfully take twelve units of upper division sociology coursework. SOC 225S (4) Social Issues & Action SOC 382 (4) Intro to Social Research

How can I prepare to major/minor in Sociology?

In high school, take math, writing and any available social science courses (such as history, psychology, or sociology).

What can I do with a B.A. in Sociology?

Graduates with a B.A. in Sociology from Humboldt State University have solid skills that look good on a resume, but also have the critical thinking skills to be successful in a wide variety of careers. By the time you complete your degree, you will have experience with designing and conducting your own research, performing data analysis, making presentations, and reading and writing at a high level. You will be well prepared to enter a Master’s or Ph.D. program, or enter the workforce with the ability to think critically about social forces and how they impact our daily lives.

Former Sociology graduates from Humboldt State University have gone on to be social workers, to work for non-profit agencies, to work in law enforcement, and to work in various academic jobs—just to name a few!

Career Possibilities
Admissions Counselor
Clinical Research Associate
Community Organizer
Drug Counselor
Employment Counselor
Executive Director
Facility Manager
Government Administrator
Grant Writer
Health Services Consultant
Human Resource Manager
Industrial Sociologist
Labor Relations Specialist
Law Enforcement Officer
Managing Member, Law Firm
Population Analyst
Probation/Parole Officer
Program Coordinator
Public Opinion Analyst
Public Relations Consultant
Rehabilitation Counseling
School Counselor
Social Ecologist
Social Worker
University Administrator
Urban Planner
Youth Counselor