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
Waco Tribune-Herald: Census report finds college students living off campus inflate poverty rates Oct. 29, 2018 Oct. 28, 2018 Charles Tolbert, Ph.D., professor sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences and an expert source on U.S Census Bureau data, is quoted in this article about how college students living off campus and earning little to no income of their own can drive up poverty rates in smaller communities with significant student populations, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Read More Psych Central: How Losing a Mom Early Impacts Religiosity Sep. 14, 2018 Sept. 12, 2018 Teenagers who lose a religious mother to an untimely death are less likely to attend church as young adults, while teens who lose a non-religious mom are more likely to seek the comfort of spiritual practices, especially prayer, according to a national study by Renae Wilkinson, sociologist at Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences. “A child may wonder why God chose to take the mother away so soon and could turn away from God, or turn toward God as a compensatory figure,” she said. “This is a disruptive event at an already disruptive time of life — the transition from adolescence to young adulthood.” (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.) Read More Baptist Standard: Baylor study: Death of mother impacts religious life of child Sep. 13, 2018 Sept. 12, 2018 Bereaved children whose late mothers were very religious are likely to be less religious after their mother dies than youths who did not suffer a maternal loss. Conversely, children whose late mothers placed no importance on religion are more likely to become religious — especially when it comes to praying often. But overall—while youths who experienced a mother’s death are less likely to attend church—they are more likely to say that religion is important in their lives as young adults, according to a study by Baylor sociologist Renae Wilkinson. The study was published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.) Read More
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Department of Sociology

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