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    Sociology, Social Work and Criminology

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Does the scientific study of groups and individuals in our society interest you?

Have you ever wondered, for example . . .

  • Why members of some groups cooperate while others are riddled with conflict?
  • Are you curious about how race/ethnicity, wealth, political power, sexuality, or education become the bases of inequality between those that make up our society?
  • Are you curious about how these inequalities are challenged or broken down?

If so, you may want to consider a career in Sociology.

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.

If you are interested in a post-baccalaureate degree in Sociology, Morehead State University/SSWC offers a Masters of Arts in Sociology in three primary areas of study: General Sociology, Criminology and Regional Analysis and Public Policy. Altogether, our Sociology graduates have enjoyed satisfying careers in college/university and secondary education instruction (in conjunction with the appropriate teaching certificate/credentials) as well as market research, regional planning, environmental advocacy, federal/state/local government agency participation, personnel training and administration, and local/regional community relations.

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Bachelors of Arts in Sociology
Masters of Arts in Sociology
Undergraduate Students can also receive a minor in Sociology

Sociology as a Career

Sociologists study the ways in which social categories (for example, race, socio-economic class, and gender) or social conditions (like wealth, poverty, and discrimination) influence the shared thoughts, behaviors, collective actions, and meanings of the individuals and groups that make up our society and vice versa. Put another way, sociologists expose how the human experience and social interactions are connected to the wider society.

Combined with other skills and courses, a Bachelors and/or Masters of Arts in Sociology can prepare you for a career in human services, human resources, market research, public planning, public relations, and much more!

With a focus on social conditions and their social impact, sociologists tackle such questions as why is there more privilege or poverty among one group or gender than another. How to patterns of power and oppression play out in our society? What are the bases of such inequities in our society, and how do they promote forms of social problems? The goal of many sociologists is to use their observations and research to not only understand but resolve social problems.

Combined with other skills and courses, a Bachelors and/or Masters of Arts in Sociology can prepare you for a career in environmental activism, social justice participation, democratic participation on local and global levels, teaching (with appropriate teaching credentials or certification), and much more!

How does Sociology compare to Social Work? 

Social workers have a dual focus. Social workers work at the individual or micro level as well as try to resolve social problems on the societal or macro level. Bachelors of Social Work graduates are prepared for entry-level generalist practice in state, local, and regional agencies, where they can facilitate services such as health, hospice and elder care, rehabilitation services, shelter from domestic violence, and child protection.  Having a Masters of Social Work allows you to specialize in a specific area of social work, such as mental health, substance use, or community engagement. 


Admission to Morehead State University (see MSU admission requirements).

Students must complete 48 hours of sociology and criminology courses including the senior capstone.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all required core courses in the Sociology.

To successfully complete the Sociology major, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.25 in all courses included in these respective programs.

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