What is sociology?
Sociology is the science that studies the social relations of people. Knowledge acquired thorugh 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," "Criminology," "Race and Ethnic Relations," "Social Psychology," "Death and Dying", "Sociology of Religion," and "Race, Class, and Gender," to name a few.
What kinds of jobs are available with a degree in sociology?
A background in sociology provides a variety of vocational choices:
- Teaching opportunities from high school to graduate 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.
Does the department offer an M.A. degree?
The Sociology Department offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Students admitted into the PhD program will also earn an M.A. at completion.
The M.A. in sociology is only available to students admitted into the Ph.D. program. The admissions committee evaluates the work of students who enter with post-baccalaureate experience for a maximum of twelve semester hours of graduate coursework to be applied toward their graduate work at Baylor University.
What resources are available?
The Ph.D. program in the Sociology of Religion field is the only one in the nation adequately staffed and able to offer each student a customized program including almost unlimited research opportunities. At present, Baylor has six sociologists whose primary specialty is religion.
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. These funded research projects will provide our graduate students with many opportunities to engage in significant, original research.
Students of the applied sociology track work at the Baylor Center for Community Research and Development. 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.