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
Faith-centered tattoos the focus of one Baylor prof’s research Mar. 11, 2020 From sailors to motorcycle gangs, tattoos have long been a hallmark of rebellion, and a subtle indicator of someone outside the mainstream. But that stigma has eroded significantly in recent years, and today, it's hardly surprising to see a tattoo on almost anyone. That's what led Baylor sociology professor Kevin Dougherty to consider what tattoos... Baylor Lariat: Baylor professor researches religious tattoos Mar. 4, 2020 March 3, 2020 VIDEO: This story features the recent research by Baylor sociologist Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., on the increasing trend of faith-centered tattoos. The Conversation: In gender discrimination, social class matters a great deal Feb. 27, 2020 Feb. 27, 2020 Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, co-authored this op-ed with Catherine Harnois, Ph.D., of Wake Forest University about their research that looks at how conditions in the workplace can contribute to health inequities and gender discrimination. Study Finds: Tattoos In The Pews: What’s Different About Religious Body Art? Feb. 25, 2020 Feb. 24, 2020 With more than a quarter of U.S. adults now having tattoos — and nearly half of millennials sporting them — only a handful of studies have focused on religious tattoos. But a new study by researchers at Baylor and Texas Tech analyzes faith-centered tattoos, finding that they tend to be self-oriented.
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Department of Sociology

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