Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Sociology offers three undergraduate majors. All students are encouraged to study abroad, work on independent research projects, and explore career opportunities through internship experiences. Selected students can apply and work towards distinction in the Sociology and Markets and Culture majors.

B.A. Sociology (33 credit hours)

The curriculum for the B.A. in Sociology includes courses on research design, data analysis, and social theory. In addition, elective courses focus on developing an understanding of what explains current domestic and international social conditions. The B.A. in Sociology gives majors a competitive advantage in fields that rely heavily upon an understanding of group differences and analytic thinking and writing. These sociology majors often work in human resources, personnel management, industrial relations, sales, social work, and criminal justice fields. 

B.S. Sociology (36 credit hours)

The curriculum for the B.S. in Sociology requires students to complete additional courses in social theory, statistics, and advanced research methods. The B.S. in Sociology gives majors a competitive advantage in fields that rely heavily upon social research. These majors often work in market research, public administration, policy analysis, social work, nonprofit management and education. Many will also choose to continue their education in professional or graduate schools around the country.

B.A. Markets and Culture (42 credit hours)

The curriculum for the B.A. in Markets and Culture provides students with an opportunity to learn about the world’s marketplaces from an interdisciplinary vantage point. Students take core courses in the innovative field of economic sociology and learn basic skills in accounting, data base management, and business writing. In addition, students focus their elective courses in one of three tracks comprised of classes from a variety of disciplines: management and organizations, political economy and development, and consumers and markets in cultural contexts. The curriculum is designed to facilitate study abroad, studies at the Taos campus, and completing a second major in a wide variety of disciplines, such as economics, international studies, political science, foreign languages, and anthropology. Markets and Culture majors generally work in corporate industries that contribute to the global economy or for government and non-governmental economic organizations.