The study of sociology, like other liberal arts and science disciplines, has a practical and an academic side. Sociology teaches skills of observation, organization, writing and data analysis. Research shows that employers strongly desire these competencies.
Other benefits extend beyond career concerns. Sociology helps students gain an understanding of the social world. The sociological point of view questions common sense beliefs and encourages students to acquire accurate answers about social behavior.
Job categories for employment include human services, criminal justice, business and commerce, education, research, community relations, computer and information science and communications.
Sociology is an excellent major or minor for pre-professional training. An undergraduate sociology degree provides a solid base in such fields as law, social work, journalism, criminal justice, urban planning, international relations, gerontology and business administration. Each of these professional fields requires an advanced degree. Some of the most prestigious MBA programs in the country seek students who have general social science undergraduate training rather than specialized business program preparation.
Becoming a professional sociologist requires at least a master's degree; a doctorate usually is beneficial. Professional sociologists teach in colleges and universities, do research for government and private agencies, and serve as consultants for many different types of businesses and organizations. Numerous universities have added graduate programs in applied sociology that prepare graduates to work on practical problems such as stopping urban decay, controlling crime or lessening racial tensions. Some applied sociology programs stress providing people-to-people services such as family counseling.
The following files describe in detail the requirements for this program. Please consult a faculty member listed below before beginning your coursework.
When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet.
If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty member in this field. To send an email, click on the name of the faculty member you wish to reach:
- Shaheen Chowdhury
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2557F, (630) 942-2503
- Mary Jean Cravens
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2704D, (630) 942-2333
- Matt Green
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2704E, (630) 942-2287
- Christine Monnier
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2557C, (630) 942-2438
- Robert Moorehead
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2557A, (630) 942-2032
If you are unable to contact a faculty member, messages may be left with the Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06.
Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06