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
Lifeway: Facts & Trends: 19 Vital Stats for Ministry in 2019 Jan. 8, 2019 Jan. 7, 2019 Research on multi-ethnic congregations from 2016, led by Kevin D. Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is mentioned in this article about vital information for ministries to know as they plan on reaching their communities or growing their congregations in the new year. Read More Baptist Standard: Income and education affect church shopping Dec. 11, 2018 Dec. 10, 2018 Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor and sociology graduate program director in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this article about new findings from the Pew Research Center that reveal education and income levels relate directly to whether Americans look for a new religious congregation and how they look for another place to worship. Read More 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
Our Faculty

Department of Sociology

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Waco, TX 76798-7326

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