Undergraduate Major & Minor College of Liberal Studies

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Sociology touches on almost 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

  • Public Defender, Snohomish County Public Defender Association
  • Research and Evaluation Analyst, Seattle Housing Authority
  • Social Services Specialist, DCYF
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, George Mason University Honors College
  • Clerk, Madigan Army Medical Center
  • Participant Recruitment Coordinator, Rainier Clinical Research Center, LLC
  • Recreation Manager, Washington State Department of Corrections
  • Health Screener, Capstone Family Medicine

Graduates from the last last 5 years: Their graduate programs

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Law School, Seattle University School of Law
  • Masters in Criminal Justice, Liberty University
  • Master of Public Administration (Analysis and Evaluation), Evans School of Public Governance - University of Washington
  • Master of Science and MA in Sociology/ Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Doctor of Philosophy - PhD, Sociology, George Mason University
  • Master of Science in Human Services, Purdue Global
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