The Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida includes 22 faculty members with interests in crime and deviance, domestic violence, race and ethnicity, homelessness, gender, health, aging, social psychology, religion, environmental sociology, and substance use.
The sociology major consists of 14 courses, a total of 45 credit hours. Students must complete the following five required courses: Introduction to Sociology, Social Theory, Applied Social Statistics, Research Methods, and Data Analysis. Students must also complete nine restricted electives in sociology. For these restricted electives students have the flexibility to take any sociology course. These courses cover a wide-ranging list of topics including crime and deviance, health, inequality, culture, religion, environment, social psychology, sociology of sport, family, and substance use. The department also offers five different minors: Crime, Law and Deviance; Diversity and Social Inequality; Mass Culture and Collective Behavior, Medical Sociology; Sociology. All minors offered by the department include a total of 6 courses, a total of 18 credit hours.
A hallmark of our undergraduate program is that all of our students conduct their own research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. This process allows students to sharpen their analytical abilities and develop skills that will help them gain admittance and be successful in graduate school. Given the sociology programs focus on developing research skills, many of our students participate in programs offered by the Office of Undergraduate Research at UCF and also present their research at academic conferences. At a large university like UCF, research provides students with a unique and more intimate learning environment.
Students who graduate with a BA in sociology have a varied skill set that will prepare them for life after graduation. Sociology is an excellent major for students interested in graduate school in sociology, criminology, counseling, public administration, or law. Sociology graduates find employment in a wide-range of fields including, government, business, education, research, criminal justice, health professions, and social service.
Please contact Dr. Amy Donley, Undergraduate Program Director for Sociology with any questions: Amy.firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-823-3744.