Western Michigan University's sociology program is designed to give students the ability to analyze the world around them, its people and their institutions.

Professional sociologists concentrate on several diverse areas within the field. Sociologists may focus on one of the social institutions, such as family, religion, medicine, the economy or politics. Some specialize in deviance, disorganization and conflict. Others concentrate on stratification—the formation and influence of various social hierarchies. Specifically, they may examine issues of race, class, gender or age. Still others study population and the environment. WMU's sociology department also has a growing emphasis on analysis of global and cross-cultural issues.

Beyond the classroom

As a sociology student at WMU, you will be encouraged to take advantage of various sociology and criminal justice internship opportunities available throughout the state of Michigan. You might also consider joining student organizations related to the field, including the Criminal Justice Student Organization, Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society and Alpha Phi Sigma criminal justice honor society.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in sociology are working as:

  • Social service employees
  • Social science researchers
  • Market researchers
  • Teachers and librarians
  • Paralegals

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Rehabilitation agencies
  • Schools
  • Correctional facilities
  • Private practice

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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