Department of Sociology
An Engaging Academic Environment
Sociology literally means the study of society, or of social things. It is a scientific approach to understanding human groups and human interaction. From families to neighborhoods to nation-states, human life is spent in the company of others. The theories and methods of sociology provide a means to analyze the social nature of human existence. Training in sociology is useful preparation for careers in business, law, government, ministry, medicine, and many more.
Why Baylor Sociology
Dating back to 1919, Baylor’s sociology program offers a legacy of distinguished service, high caliber scholarship, exemplary teaching, and unique opportunities to its students. At Baylor, you will take classes taught by top scholars and have opportunities for independent research.
Undergraduate Programs
An attractive aspect of our program is its flexibility. You customize your sociological studies in keeping with your interests and ambitions.
Graduate Programs
The Department of Sociology at Baylor University has a productive faculty committed to the mentorship and collaborative research with students.
Research Areas
Research is an important aspect of graduate study at Baylor and, by the end of their second year, Sociology doctoral students will begin engaging in an in-depth research project. Our graduate students have been published in Social Forces, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and Social Science Quarterly. Their work also has been selected by notable new outlets such as The Huffington Post, USA Today and The Washington Post. There has never been a better time to study sociology at Baylor.
Careers in
The knowledge and analytical skills of sociology make our graduates broadly marketable. More than half of our alumni build a career upon their undergraduate degree. About a third eventually pursues some type of graduate education, such as sociology, social work, seminary, business administration, law, or medical. Private laboratories, foundations, and research centers offer opportunities for those who study sociology and health.
In the News
In the Push for Racial Justice, There’s a Middle Path Between Passivity and Aggression Jun. 22, 2021 Baylor sociology professor George Yancey, Ph.D., writes that to understand the path to ending racial alienation, it is valuable to understand first about using reason, power and moral suasion to affect others’ actions. Baylor survey finds line blurring between politics, religion Jun. 19, 2021 Sociology professor Paul Froese, Ph.D., director of the Baylor Religion Surveys, was interviewed about the latest survey conducted in the volatile months of early 2021, which found the lines between political and religious identity blurring even more as Americans increasingly self-identify in groups. COVID-19 has been much harder on those who already had anxiety and financial issues Apr. 12, 2021 Laura Upenieks, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at Baylor, was among a team of researchers who studied the financial stress during the first several months of pandemic on Canadians and found that it was not the same for all citizens. Contrary to what you’ve heard, study finds churches thrive with racial diversity Apr. 7, 2021 Having a racially diverse congregation offers a path toward church growth, according to a comprehensive national study of The United Methodist Church led by Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Baylor.
Our Faculty

Department of Sociology

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