Undergraduate Program

Sociology is concerned with patterns of social life and the ways people organize their activities and environment. A major in sociology provides a wide array of career possibilities emphasizing in human behavior, knowledge of group interaction, and skills in research.

Sociology at K-State offers a four-year undergraduate B.S. or B.A. degree. The program includes a basic core of sociology classes and provides an opportunity for students to select additional sociology classes designed around their specific interests and career goals.

Undergraduate Studies in Criminology

The Department of Sociology offers a specialization in criminology. The criminology concentration prepares students for careers in the criminal justice system (including law enforcement, correctional institutions, and court services) as well as advanced study in law or graduate work in sociology, criminology, or criminal justice.

Students who major in sociology should refer to the general requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog. Sociology students who desire to teach in secondary schools should prepare for teacher certification with a major in sociology (see the College of Education section of the course catalog).

All sociology majors are required to complete 6 hours of required outside courses. Students majoring in general sociology must also take 16 hours of required core courses and 15 hours of electives, with 9 of these 15 hours at the 500 level or above. Criminology students must complete 25 hours of required core courses and 9 hours of electives from two categories of ancillary courses.

Information about Sociology

Considering Sociology as your major? Check out our Sociology Study Guide to find out more about possible careers, the major, field experience and curriculum. Thinking of specializing in Criminology? Look at the Criminology Study Guide to see the curriculum, learn about field experience and faculty members, as well as activities.

Thinking of joining an on-campus organizations? Consider the Criminology Club, or the Sociology Grad Student Association if you're a grad student. If you have any questions about our program or how to apply please feel free to contact us.

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