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FAQs On Our Programs

What is sociology?
Sociology is the science that studies the social relations of people. Knowledge acquired through a variety of research techniques helps explain the social behavior of people and predict what they will do in certain situations. You can get an idea about the range of subject matter we study by our courses: "Marriage and the Family," "Population Health," "Criminology," "Race and Ethnic Relations," "Social Psychology," "Death and Dying", and "Sociology of Religion,"  to name a few.

What kinds of jobs are available with an undergraduate degree in sociology?

A background in sociology provides a variety of vocational choices:

  • Teaching opportunities in high school attract many students to academic sociology.
  • Sociological research skills are in demand by government agencies, corporations and private consulting firms.
  • Studies in sociology provide a useful base of knowledge for any occupation that requires an understanding of social relations. Undergraduate majors find employment in the helping professions, medicine, dentistry, ministry, religious education, law, business, marketing, counseling, criminal justice and others.

What resources are available?

Most all of the facultyin the sociology departent  teach undgraduate courses to provide students with a range of courses for pursuing a sociology major or the sociology and health major.  Each student can have customized program with the benefit of almost unlimited research opportunities. At present, Baylor has six sociologists whose primary specialty is religion, and are increasing our faculty to include another medical sociologist.

The department is the home to the nationally-recognized Baylor Religion Survey, and our faculty constitute the Institute for the Study of Religion (ISR). In its short history, ISR has obtained over $5 million in research grants with several proposals still pending.  Undergraduate students can work with individual faculty using data from the Baylor Religion Survey.

Undergraduate students can also work with faculty getting hands on experience within community analytics fauclty throught the Center for Community Research and Development (CCRD). The CCRD is a multi-disciplinary/method laboratory in which sociologists perform most of the research, while experts from varying fields lend their support. CCRD researchers employ several methods, and oftentimes extend their studies beyond the Waco metropolitan area.

What financial aid is available?

There are many options for financing your Baylor education.  For specific specific information on financial aid and Sociology scholarships, click here.