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.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|University of Virginia-Main Campus Charlottesville, VA||16 : 1||25,012|
|William & Mary Williamsburg, VA||12 : 1||8,773|
|Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA||18 : 1||36,383|
|George Mason University Fairfax, VA||27 : 1||37,863|
|University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA||9 : 1||3,914|
|James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA||20 : 1||21,820|
|Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA||27 : 1||23,675|
|University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg, VA||18 : 1||4,488|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA||23 : 1||29,757|
|Randolph-Macon College Ashland, VA||14 : 1||1,543|
|Christopher Newport University Newport News, VA||17 : 1||4,919|
|Hampton University Hampton, VA||16 : 1||4,293|
|Radford University Radford, VA||22 : 1||11,870|
|Hollins University Roanoke, VA||9 : 1||798|
|Bridgewater College Bridgewater, VA||15 : 1||1,754|
|Emory & Henry College Emory, VA||13 : 1||1,292|
|University of Lynchburg Lynchburg, VA||16 : 1||2,956|
|Roanoke College Salem, VA||12 : 1||2,003|
|Norfolk State University Norfolk, VA||23 : 1||5,601|
|Longwood University Farmville, VA||17 : 1||4,468|