Why study Sociology? 

Why study Sociology?

The purpose of the study of sociology is to develop an understanding of human relationships, and to acquire the ability to apply this knowledge in future career settings, as well as in any other situation in everyday life. Course work focuses on two levels of analysis to give a balanced perspective on social action: first, from the perspective of the individual who must interact with others within the social structures of modern society; second, from the perspective of the social system with its institutionalized properties and elements. Further consideration is given to the social factors and groups which contribute to the creation, as well as the resolution, of current social problems. The sociology major, now also available online, is designed to have a flexible capstone experience that can be completed both in face-to-face settings and through distance education.

Job outlook

  • Sociologists*
  • Job outlook: 15% increase
  • Wages: The median annual salary for a sociologist was $74,960 in 2012, or $36.04 per hour.
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*Taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Sociology is offered at the following Upper Iowa University locations:

  • Residential Fayette campus
  • Select education centers
  • Online Program