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Undergraduate Sociology Program

The Undergraduate Sociology Program provides its majors with the opportunity to focus their education toward a particular area. It is our hope students tailor their degrees to their own goals and interests so they are better prepared for careers and graduate/professional programs after completing their Bachelor’s degrees. The pursuit of a major area of focus will not cause you to take any additional coursework beyond the 120 hours required to graduate. Areas of focus include:

  • Community Studies
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Gender
  • Global Sociology
  • Health and Society
  • Legal Studies
  • Organizational Management and Marketing
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Issues and Services

The Texas A&M Sociology Department offers extraordinary opportunities in undergraduate education. The department has been recognized by the American Sociological Association as a national leader in quality undergraduate sociological training.

Real-World Social Issues

Explore a wide range of social topics and issues with a major in sociology. This major will give you a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills needed to address real-world social issues and problems.

Through a major in sociology, you'll learn how to:

  • Be aware of other’s beliefs and behaviors and understanding why they believe and behave as they do
  • Address real-world problems and issues by developing realistic and equitable solutions
  • Identify complex problems and ideas and review related information to analyze, develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Communicate effectively in writing and speech as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Develop and use visual aids, graphs, tables and charts
  • Give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate and not interrupting at inappropriate times
  • Monitor/assess performance of yourself, other individuals or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Manage your own time and the time of others
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Identify the underlying patterns and principles of qualitative and quantitative information and explain what that information means and how it can be used
  • Bring others together and try to reconcile differences
  • Establish trust and ensure input from all members of a group
  • Work together to produce a shared product

Opportunities within the Sociology Major

Some courses include hands-on service-learning opportunities in which students connect service and/or research in the community with course material.

If you seek to enter applied fields, we have a highly praised internship program that offers practical experience in community nonprofit organizations, government agencies and businesses.

Students accepted into our honors program have opportunities to work one-on-one with professors engaged in sociological research.

Choose Your Degree

There are two undergraduate degrees in sociology available at Texas A&M University: The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science.

Undergraduate Course Catalog

You can check the Sociology Undergraduate Course Catalog for more information about our courses.


A degree in Sociology provides an excellent background for students aspiring to attend graduate school or enter a career in fields including:
  • Nonprofit community services or social work
  • Health care and nursing
  • Law or law enforcement
  • Education
  • Public policy
  • Organizational management and entrepreneurialism
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Journalism

Our department offers the following distinctive features

  • Individual counseling and advising to assist students in developing course plans tailored to their goals and interests
  • An excellent Internship Program with opportunities for valuable career relevant experiences and chances to develop practical research skills
  • Opportunities for students to work individually with professors doing research, getting individual training and tutoring that most universities limit to graduate students

Our highly innovative pedagogy allows us to teach interesting courses in unusual ways while still preparing people for top graduate schools and good jobs after leaving Texas A&M. Our department combines the personalized attention and commitment to undergraduate education of a small teaching college, with the prestigious scholars and cutting edge intellectual material generally found in nationally known Research I institutions. The result is a best of both worlds that offers tremendous opportunities for Texas A&M students.