Sociology is the study of society and the social forces that affect human behavior. It provides insights into how our lives are influenced by the social relationships around us. 

500+ Books published by faculty
5 specialized degree options
64 courses to choose from
34 faculty members dedicated to teaching
8 minors available
What Is a Degree in Sociology?

Sociology attempts to understand important social phenomena, like the values and beliefs societies share and the ways we're affected by race, class, age, and gender. Since all human behavior is social behavior, the subject matter ranges from two-person relationships up to global communities. The diverse course topics and social science background give you analytical skills that will help you see the world from entirely new perspectives. 

Why Study Sociology Here?

A sociology major provides experience and critical thinking skills that you can bring to almost any field. You'll learn rigorous research methods and how to work and communicate successfully with diverse types of people. In addition to preparing for a wide range of careers, sociology also gives you a strong foundation for graduate school or a professional degree in fields like law, business, health care, social work, or public administration. 

Beyond the Classroom

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Join Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society, or join the Criminology and Sociology Club; they sponsor guest speakers and go on field trips related to their field. Many of our majors also take part in social or cultural student organizations, where they learn about the roles individual and group identities play in society. 

Student Organizations for Sociology Majors

Friendly, Motivated Faculty

Friendly, Motivated Faculty

Many students discover the Sociology major when they take a class with our faculty and find out how interesting social research can be. Our professors have a reputation not just for their scholarship, but also for being friendly, caring, and passionate about making the world a better place. They've won local and national awards for both research and teaching. 

A Sociology major at Virginia Tech is supported by friendly, motivated faculty

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Many of our students have the opportunity to explore their own questions by taking part in undergraduate research. These projects ask the hard questions about society and give you real research experience that is directly applicable to the workplace. Our students undertake a wide variety of projects, including, for example:  how job and home stressors affect drug and alcohol disorders; the effects of bullying and cyber bullying; policing and urban social control; or how racial and gendered knowledge is institutionalized in American culture.

Undergrad research

Specialize in a Subject Area

Specialize in a Subject Area

Our centers and programs help you design research projects and take courses specifically tailored to your interests. You can pursue a degree option or project in Africana Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, or American Indian Studies or do research with our Center for Race and Social Policy, Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, or the Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice. 

Casey Molina, a sophomore majoring in multimedia journalism, and Joshua Andes, a junior majoring in residential environments and design, collaborate on a house design.

What Our Students Are Saying

"I chose Sociology because I was looking for a program that I can intrinsically relate to. Sociology frames our existence, ideologies, relationships, and behaviors. As a person who is absolutely curious about the interconnectedness of humans, it was a great fit. It allowed me to explore my inner thoughts about how the world was, is, and what it should be." 

— Zo Williams, '12

Careers and Future Study