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As a student in this program, you will use a variety of scientific research methods to study how social categories, institutions and social conditions influence the thoughts, behaviors and actions of the groups of individuals who make up our society. You will learn to think critically about human social life and how to ask important research questions. You will be able to collect and analyze data and communicate clearly and effectively. Coursework opportunities will include the following topics:

  • American minority relations
  • Contemporary social problems
  • Sociological theory
  • Human experiences of sex and gender

Sociologists use research methodologies and systematic observation to study how the human experience and social interaction are connected to our wider society. They investigate cultural institutions (for example, families, peer groups, and media), social categories (race, socio-economic class, and gender) and social conditions (wealth, poverty, and discrimination) to learn how these forces create, maintain, and transform the individuals and groups that make up our society and vice versa.

Sociologists also study and facilitate strategies toward positive change in our society. Students are exposed to topics relating to social justice, human rights, and democratic participation. Moreover, students are exposed to forces that threaten these conditions along with theories that critically explain patterns of power, oppression, and privilege.  


MSU offers the following options:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Sociology minor

If you are interested in a post-baccalaureate degree in sociology, Morehead State University/SSWC offers a Master of Arts in Sociology in four primary areas of study: general sociology, criminology, chemical dependency certification and interdisciplinary social sciences. 

Program Requirements

Admission to Morehead State University, see MSU's admission requirements.

Program Standards

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all required core courses in the sociology and criminology programs, including the sociology and criminology minors. To successfully complete the sociology and criminology programs, as well as the sociology and criminology minors, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.25 in all courses included in these respective programs.

Assessment Procedures

  • Exit examination required of all majors
  • Survey of graduates
  • Senior seminar

For a complete list of program requirements, visit the undergraduate catalog website.  You may view the curriculum map here.

Career Opportunities

A sociology degree from MSU will give you the experience, knowledge and marketability needed to follow any number of career paths in the corporate, government, non-profit and independent sectors. Combined with other skills and courses, a sociology degree will prepare you for careers in:

  • Consultancy work
  • Human resources
  • Human services
  • Market research
  • Policy analysis
  • Public planning
  • Public relations
  • Outreach coordination 

Earning a degree from our program will also prepare you for graduate school. 

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.


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  • MSU at Ashland
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  • MSU at Mt. Sterling
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  • MSU at Prestonsburg
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  • MSU at West Liberty
    155 University Drive, West Liberty, KY 41472
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