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Why major in Sociology?

Students often find themselves enthralled with their first Sociology course, but then wonder what a Sociology major will do for them down the road. What follows is the answer we typically give when students ask me this question. If you ask other Sociology professors or current Sociology majors (and we recommend that you do this), you will likely get somewhat different responses.

William and Mary is among the best liberal arts colleges, and we personally believe that Sociology is among the best liberal arts majors (We are admittedly biased in this respect, but please read on anyway). Sociology majors graduate with a wide range of knowledge and skills that should serve them well in a variety of possible futures. Sociologists study many of the major issues of the day: crime, immigration, globalization, sexuality, families. We provide you with the empirical and theoretical tools to make sense of these topics. Sociology is unique in that it employs a wide variety of theories and methods in order to study societies, and the W&M Sociology professors are committed to helping you understand the full range of theories and methods that we use.

The Sociology major provides an excellent liberal arts background for postgraduate and professional training and for careers in public service and administration, law, business, medicine, journalism, and many other professions. We regularly hear back from our alumni who express their gratitude for the quality of training they received as a graduate of W&M Sociology, as it has served them well.

The sociology curriculum offers structure and flexibility for students majoring or minoring in sociology and for students taking sociology courses for distribution credit. In addition to preparing students for graduate programs in sociology, we provide an excellent liberal arts background for postgraduate and professional training and for careers in public service and administration, law, business, medicine, journalism and many other professions.