Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior and interaction, which is greatly influenced by religious, ethical, and social beliefs. A degree in sociology can lead to endless employment opportunities in the following areas: criminal justice, education, research and planning, government, business and industry, and human services. Job titles include teacher, counselor, administrator, manager, and analyst. Sociologists prepare reports; examine how social influences affect different individuals and groups; design research projects to test social issue theories; and analyze and draw conclusions from data collected through surveys, observations, and interviews.
Vital skills include critical-thinking, communication, and problem-solving. Sociology majors devote a lot of time to writing and research. Instruction includes social theory, race and ethnicity, humanities, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and urban sociology. Students also have the option of specializing in a wide range of topics: gender, poverty, crime, and education are just a few.
The 2010 median pay for sociologists was $72,360, but the entry-level education was at the master's degree level. There are two types of sociology master's degree programs: traditional programs and applied, clinical, and professional programs.
The Department of Sociology at University of Washington was founded in the 1920’s and boasts a faculty of five departmental members that have served as presidents of the American Sociological Association, and a student to teacher ratio of 21 to 1. The department has a strong commitment to research and in addition to being known for research in institutional analysis (which includes comparative historical sociology, economic sociology, social movements, ethnic conflict and sociology of religion), sociology of gender and sexuality, and theory, the department is affiliated with a number of interdisciplinary centers where research is done on demography and ecology (Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology), family and kinship (Center on the Family), research methodology (Center for Statistics in the Social Sciences), deviance and social control (Comparative Law and Social Studies), and the West Coast Poverty Center.
Undergraduates are able to get real-world experience through three different types of practicum that give students a better idea of what they can do with their degree post-graduation: an education practicum, an applied research practicum, or a community and civic internship program. The University of Washington sociology department also accepts graduate applications for both M.A. and PhD degrees, with more than 300 PhD’s in sociology having been conferred by the department since the degree was first awarded in 1932.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA||23 : 1||47,576|
|Seattle University Seattle, WA||14 : 1||7,199|
|Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA||14 : 1||3,062|
|University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA||11 : 1||2,608|
|Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA||17 : 1||3,529|