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Sociology looks at life from every angle—it is the scientific study of social life. Sociologists examine a range of issues, from inequality to human ecology, from deviance to religion, from medicine to politics. Few fields offer students opportunities of such breadth.

Washington State University's undergraduate sociology major, now offered completely online, develops student skills in critical thinking, quantitative and symbolic reasoning, research methods, information literacy, communication and life-long learning. Students develop an understanding of fundamental features of society—including diversity and inequality, the problem of social order, and the intersection of society and the environment. These skills and knowledge equip students for the changing demands of the workplace.


Successful sociology majors enter the professional world with skills useful in a wide range of careers including public relations, community planning, positions in government and social agencies, criminal justice system professions, and business. Sociology also provides an excellent foundation for professions that often require graduate school training, such as counseling, law, public policy and administration, social work, or teaching.

Visit the WSU Department of Sociology career page for in-depth information about careers for sociology majors.

WSU Sociology program strengths

  • The Department of Sociology at Washington State University has been consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation.
  • Research is important to sociologists—our undergraduate students have opportunities to work with faculty and graduate students pursuing research.
  • Over 70 percent of Ph.D. graduates secured academic appointments at colleges and universities. Another 29 percent secured comparable research positions with government agencies or private research organizations.
  • In sociology course work, students focus on developing analytic and writing skills, data analysis, and the ability to understand issues from different points of view.


Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. For more information, see the WSU Accreditation website.

Why WSU Global Campus?

WSU Global Campus fulfills WSU’s 1890 land-grant mission of expanding access to education. We use new technologies, but uphold old-school values, with courses taught by expert WSU faculty, academic advisors intent on your success, and a diploma backed by a long-established reputation for excellence.

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Program of Study
All courses are available online

All WSU undergraduates must complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU's Transferring an Associate Degree web page.

Students must also fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.

To certify as a Sociology major you must have completed 24 semester credit hours and have a 2.0 or higher GPA.

  • Required Sociology Courses:
    (16 credits – all courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted)
    • SOC 101 – Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC 310 – Development of Social Theory
    • SOC 317 – Research Methods in Sociology
    • SOC 321 – Quantitative Techniques in Sociology I (4 credits)
    • SOC 495 – Internship Capstone
  • Sociology Electives
    (15 credits)
    • SOC 102 – Social Problems
    • SOC 300 – Intersections of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
    • SOC 332 – Society and Environment
    • SOC 340 – Social Inequity
    • SOC 350 – Social Psychology
    • SOC 351 – The Family
    • SOC 352 – Youth and Society
    • SOC 360 – Deviance
    • SOC 361 – Criminology
    • SOC 362 – Juvenile Delinquency
    • SOC 368 – Drugs and Society
    • SOC 372 – The Sociology of Film
    • SOC 384 – Sociology of Gender
    • SOC 418 – Human Issues in International Development
    • SOC 430 – Society and Technology
  • Related Field Concentration:
    (12 credits; 6 credits must be 300- or 400-level)
    • COM 101 – Media and Society
    • COM 464 – Gender and the Media
    • COM 470 – Mass Communications Theories and Theory Construction
    • COMSTRAT 312 – Principles of Public Relations
    • COMSTRAT 380 – Advertising Principles and Practices
    • I BUS 380 – International Business
    • MGMT 301 – Principle of Management and Organization
    • MKTG 360 – Marketing
    • SOE 110 – The Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability
    • SOE 312 – Natural Resources, Society, and the Environment
  • College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements:

    All students, including community college transfer students with an approved transferable AA degree from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona or Hawaii, or students pursuing a second major in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be held to the following additional requirements:

    • Foreign Language: Complete 2 years of high school or 1 year of college in a single foreign language
    • Additional 3 semester credits of [SSCI,] [HUM], or [ARTS] for a total of 12 semester credits of UCORE
    • Additional 1 lab credit of [BSCI], [PSCI] for a total of 8 semester credits and 2 labs.

Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.

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