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We place tremendous value on our core training in sociological theory as well as methods and statistics. We build on that core with a variety of course offerings in areas such as criminology and deviance, demography, development, education, family, gender, health, political sociology, race and ethnicity, religion, and social stratification. Learn more about research in social sciences through Sociological Insight.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare an Sociology major must first meet with a sociology advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare your major.

Required Courses

Visit the Sociology degree plan to view all required courses for the sociology major in the College of Liberal Arts. View course descriptions of current Sociology courses. SOC 317L is prerequisite for SOC 317M. All Upper Division courses require Upper Division standing, see the FAQs for additional information.

The Sociology major at UT requires 27 hours of coursework with 18 hours in residence. This means up to 6 hours can be taken as transfer coursework (or via correspondence). SOC 302 and SOC 317L do have non-UT transfer equivalents and can be taken elsewhere. The department does not accept SOC 317M (Social Research Methods) and SOC 379M (Social Theory) taken at other institutions, these courses MUST be taken in residence.


Students can meet peers interested in sociology through Sociology In Action (SIA), which is an organization open to ALL students interested in sociology. They will be planning various social events including regularly hanging out over coffee, and may plan opportunities to get involved in community projects. They are looking for people interested in planning events, assisting with publicity, and just hanging out and talking about Sociology!


  • Critical thinking skills
  • Interest in sociological and other related theories
  • Interest in qualitative and quantitative research
  • Passionate about social issues and policy

A small sample of directly related careers

Public Relations Specialist
Survey Researcher
Foreign Service Officer
Community Service Manager
Human Resources Manager
Nonprofit Manager

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.