Undergraduate Major & Minor College of Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Arts


Sociology touches on just about every aspect of our lives as social beings — and as global citizens. Human relationships and experience, contemporary family life, ethnic diversity and race relations, poverty and social stratification, social justice and community organization are just some of the topics you can study as a PLU sociology student.

A sociology degree is excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations and graduate programs in fields related to social and public services, education, politics and government, law, nonprofit management and business administration. The hallmark of the PLU sociology program is our research-oriented cumulative curriculum, which is designed to encourage your research and writing skills step by step. If you elect to complete a public or private sector internship, you’ll receive extensive career field training before you graduate — at shelters, social welfare agencies and educational organizations.

Graduates from the last 5 years: Their jobs

  • Grants Manager, Degrees of Change
  • Psychotherapist, New Patterns Therapy
  • Bilingual Information Specialist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Social Services Director, Life Care Center
  • Annual Fund Coordinator, Peace Community Center
  • Legal Extern, Spokane County
  • Case Coordinator, Easterseals Hawaii
  • Bilingual Legal Advocate, YWCA
  • Assistant Attorney General in Social & Health Services, State of Washington

Graduates from the last last 5 years: Their graduate programs

  • Master’s in Social Work, University of Southern California
  • Master of Business Administration, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Master’s in Public Health, Emory University
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Indiana University Bloomington
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