Department of Sociology
Sociology is the study of social relations in groups, institutions and organizations, communities, and entire societies. The Department of Sociology at The University of Memphis offers a broad range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
We are committed to being a dynamic, learning-centered department that promotes greater understanding and analysis of social relations in groups, institutions and organizations, communities, and entire societies. Our contribution is made through cutting-edge research, excellent undergraduate and graduate teaching, exciting applied opportunities, vital service and community outreach, and preparation of students for a wide range of jobs.
Why Study Sociology?
One question that students in every field get asked is "What are you going to do with your degree?" For Sociology students, there are so many possible answers to this question. Sociology prepares you for a wide variety of careers and the key is to recognize that sociology provides you with the tools to be successful in any career. With the focus on critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and research skills, sociology students find themselves well prepared for the workforce.
If you would like to know more about careers in sociology, the American Sociological Association provides numerous career resources available online. Here are just a few:
- Preparing for a 21st Century Job Hunt with a BA in Sociology (article)
- What are they Doing with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology? (research report from a 2005 survey of Sociology majors)
- Video Interviews with Sociologists Explaining How They "Do Sociology"
- Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology (profiles of professionals with Sociology degrees)