Prospective Majors

Swiss Knife

"It’s the Swiss Army knife of majors.”
(Wall and Volmer, What to Do with Your Sociology Degree)

The study of sociology gives you the skills all liberal arts majors do: critical and analytical thinking, writing ability, cultural competence, and self-awareness. However, mastering the basics of sociology as an academic discipline also provides you with the big-picture thinking abilities that are required of 21st century knowledge workers. Sociology teaches you to understand the situations of people different than you, another advantage in this rapidly globalizing world. You'll become adept at recognizing and appreciating context and how all human interactions are interconnected.

As a Michigan Sociology student, you’ll be encouraged to add a real world perspective to your classroom studies by participating in Project Community fieldwork, conducting undergraduate research, facilitating intergroup dialogues, or pursuing internship experiences. For qualified students who wish to tackle a highly rigorous course of study and complete a thesis, Michigan Sociology also offers an undergraduate honors program.

How Do I Declare?

What is Sociology?

What Can I Do With It? (PDF)

Major Requirements