Why study Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of society and the various groups that make up a society. Sociology students develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring the social causes and consequences of human behavior. They study the structure of societies and groups and explain how social change occurs within them. Sociologists both develop theories about social behavior and apply these theories to solve social problems and form social policy.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.



In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Sociology students have good critical-thinking abilities and are concerned with understanding society and improving social institutions and the well-being of individuals. Strong writing, math and computer skills are important for sociology students in their education and subsequent career work. The skills of analysis, research, reading and writing that a student studying sociology acquires are highly valued in a wide range of business positions. Sociology is an excellent program for students who are interested in working with people and groups in a variety of fields, e.g, business, social work, law and medicine.

Like students who graduate with other liberal arts programs, students in sociology are prepared for many different career options. The skills and interests of a sociology student could lead to careers in:

  • Social Services
  • Administrative Support
  • Management
  • Teaching
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Social Science Research

Students in the UC College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

UC’s Sociology Department has strong emphases in social inequality (by race, class, and gender), urban research (e.g., neighborhood change), health and medical sociology, and work and family. Students get a strong grounding in theory, statistics and research methods, culminating in a research-oriented capstone experience. This is a relatively small department with excellent teachers, about 90-100 majors and an active undergraduate sociology club.

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Littisha Bates
1014 Crosley Tower
P.O. Box 210378
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0378
(513) 556-4714

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Program Code: 15MIN-SOC-MIN