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image of Potter LakeThe overall quality and breadth of your education is one great reason for coming to KU. You will choose from hundreds of courses and explore outstanding libraries and museums. You will meet people from around the world who will introduce you to diverse cultures and viewpoints that will deepen your awareness and appreciation of society. Hundreds of lectures, plays, and concerts also make KU worthwhile. The Lied Center Series includes the Concert Series, Swarthout Chamber Music Series, New Directions Series, Broadway and Beyond Series, and the Lied Family Series, bringing outstanding performers to KU each year.

Undergraduate Students

A sociology major can give you the knowledge of social relations and society that will enhance your career opportunities. Depending on your interests, the sociology courses you’ve taken, and your second major, this degree opens doors to entry-level positions. The department’s graduates work in personnel administration, social service agencies, and business. They are journalists, researchers, social workers, and statisticians. Your sociology degree is excellent preparation for graduate studies in sociology as well as in areas such as social welfare, public administration.

Getting Started! Several sociology classes have no prerequisites and thus can be taken as a first course in Sociology. These courses can usually be used to meet the prerequisites for classes that require one: SOC 104, 105, 130, 132, 150, 160, 161, 220, 273.

Graduate Students

The Sociology Department has a strong record of placing students who graduate from our doctoral program. Since 2000, 39 students have earned Ph.D.s from our program, and they are now employed all over the country, mostly in academic positions. For example, 29 of those who graduated are in positions that require teaching, research, and 9 hold researcher/administrator positions. Five recent graduates held post-postdoctoral fellowships after graduation. The current data from the National Research Council's assessment of the PhD program's Time-To-Degree can be found here and KU's Sociology Doctoral Program Profile can be found here.

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