Undertaking original research helps you build the skills to find, analyze, and present evidence. Here's how our department can help you conduct, fund, present, and publish your research.
Sociology Research Opportunities
All majors are required to complete SOC 3204: Social Research Methods. This course aims to give students a solid foundation of research techniques. The Department of Sociology also offers SOC 4204: Applied Research for interested students. The course stresses the differences between applied research and other methodologies.
You can register for our independent study or undergraduate research courses, which provide opportunities to complete a research project with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Ask your academic advisor for more information.
Our faculty enjoy sharing their research with students. If you're curious about a professor's area of research, ask about pursuing a collaborative project. Or, invite a professor to mentor you while pursuing your own ideas.
In the University Honors Program, you will complete a thesis to fulfill requirements for the “in Honors” or “Honors Baccalaureate” degrees. It is an excellent opportunity to develop and demonstrate your knowledge and to prepare for graduate study or careers requiring advanced research skills.
Each year, the College of Liberal and Human Sciences publishes a student-run undergraduate journal, Philologia, which often includes submissions from students in the Department of Sociology.