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Studying sociology helps you see the whole world through the perspective of different cultures and develop a global, multi-cultural understanding. Within the Department of Sociology, an emphasis in Anthropology is also offered. The department’s Applied Sociology emphasis provides opportunities for real-world employment experiences. Sociology gives you both the tools to live in a changing world and the opportunity to change the world you live in. You learn and develop strong critical-thinking communication skills, ethical judgment, the ability to work in diverse teams, and openness to continuous learning - all necessary skills to be successful in the fast changing job markets. 

Courses to expect for this major include Social Problems, Social Psychology, Sociology of Aging, and Gender and Work.

Career Options

Sociology majors are competitive for any career path involving creativity, critical thinking, analytic problem-solving, multicultural and global understanding, and verbal and written communication skills. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:

  • Probation Officer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Investigator
  • Social Worker
  • Advocate Youth Outreach
  • Public Health Educator
  • Government Worker
  • Epidemiologist
  • Medical Sociologist
  • Census Researcher
  • Investigator
  • Forensic Science
  • Community Organizer
  • Public Relations
  • Dispatcher

Finish in Four

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The Finish in Four plans are designed to assist you in an eight semester plan guiding you to graduate within four years. You may use this as a guide to plan your undergraduate education, but you should adjust it to fit your personal goals.

BA - Sociology
Option - Anthropology
Option - Applied Sociology

BS - Sociology
Option - Anthropology
Option - Applied Sociology
Option - Pre-Law
Option - Pre-Med


The minor in Sociology allows you to explore a variety of topics based on academic interests.  Students in any major, especially those majoring in Psychology, History, Political Science, English, Geography, Business and Human Development and Family Sciences often pair their majors with a minor in Sociology.

The Anthropology minor offers you the opportunity to study the past and present of humans while gaining an understanding of the development of human cultures and populations. You can study Comparative Cultures, Biological Anthropology, and Cultural Anthropology while focusing on critical thinking, communication skills, and ethical judgement.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of Registrar.


Scholarships are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students and continuing students through the University, College of Arts and Sciences, and respective Departments.

When you complete the OSU admission application, you are automatically considered for the University Level scholarships.

Students are eligible for College Level scholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.

The Sociology Department offers Departmental Level scholarships for eligible students.

Visit the Department

431 Murray Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078