Sociology

TYPE: Major/Minor
DEGREE: B.A./B.S.
DEPARTMENT: Social Inquiry Department

LOCATION: On-Campus
4-YEAR PATHWAY: Graduate in 4 Years

General Description

Do you ever wonder how at-risk youth become at risk, why racial injustice occurs and how extreme poverty and extreme wealth can exist in the same society?

Sociology majors study these challenging questions and more as they examine all aspects of human society, from how it develops and functions to how it's structured. 

Explore and analyze selected contemporary social issues relevant to the global community from a historical and sociological perspective as you take courses such as:

  • Sociology of time
  • Environmental sociology
  • Global social problems
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Sociology of gender
  • Social change

*Secondary education majors may minor in sociology for certification through the Teacher Education program.

Program Outcomes

Through a major or minor in sociology at UW-Superior, you will be able to:

  • Understand and take responsibility for the social world
  • Analyze and interpret global social issues as social constructions
  • Analyze the institutions of capitalist societies
  • Analyze social meanings
  • Explain grounding of social constructions within a certain time and place

Career Opportunities

Sociology majors have a broad informational background along with critical thinking, research and communication skills, which the vast majority of employers look for in potential employees.

Find your niche as a:

  • Child care counselor
  • Social worker
  • Employment interviewer
  • Office coordinator
  • Group counselor
  • Unit coordinator of group homes
  • Counselor for delinquent youths
  • Social services case worker
  • Child protection worker
  • Activity director in nursing home
  • Youth shelter director
  • Personnel manager
  • Juvenile corrections caseworker

Did You Know?

  • The Superior-Duluth area offers numerous internship opportunities including the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, Superior City Planner's office, Superior City Attorney's Office, Superior Mayor's office, and Social Services.
  • UW-Superior's flexible study abroad programs offer opportunities to study, conduct research, and hold internships in other countries.
  • Students who wish to teach sociology at the middle or high school level benefit from UW-Superior's highly regarded Teacher Education program.
  • Class of: 2018
    I met a bunch of great people that helped me to feel a bit less like the odd (wo)man out." Read more.
  • Class of: 2015
    I never met a faculty member who didn't help me out with whatever I needed." Read more.
  • Class of: 2018
    Be open to new experiences and try to make new friends. I did, and I found a home here! Read more.

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