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Sociology Impact


Perform independent research with faculty, attend trips to professional conferences to network and present research, and listen to experts in sociology host discussions on campus.

Fairmont State Sociology majors study:

  • How social policy intersects with culture and values
  • How norms are formed and influence our behavior
  • What problems face our society, and how we can use the scientific method to learn about and attempt to correct them
  • How society is organized and what our place in it means for our lived experiences

The Fairmont State Sociology courses provide knowledge of:

  • Substantive areas of sociological and anthropological inquiry such as race, class, geography, culture, and communication.
  • The application of the scientific method and statistical analysis  for sociological inquiry.
  • The historical evolution of sociological theory describing the competing explanations for the function and organization of society.

Students can earn a degree with an emphasis on population studies, take sociology as a minor or earn their undergraduate degree to go on to graduate school.

Career Opportunities

Students with a B.S. degree in Sociology continue on to graduate school, or frequently find employment in entry-level positions within social science research, public administration, advertising, business, social service agencies, health services, community planning, and teaching.  Positions include:

  • Research assistant
  • Counselor
  • Journalist
  • Youth service worker
  • Public relations officer
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher

Behavioral Analytics Concentration

This Concentration in Behavioral Analytics offers students who major in sociology the opportunity to expand their skills in manipulating and analyzing data on a larger scale to become competitive in a job market that is increasingly focused on the use of “Big Data”. This specialization is an add-on to the sociology degree, and is to be completed in addition to all sociology major requirements in place of free electives. It is recommended that students who are interested in this specialization possess at least an ACT math score of 21 or above, or its equivalent, in order be able to register for the required courses.

View Concentration Requirements

Contact Info

Dr. Mike Ransom

Chair Department of Behavioral Science

 101 HB


Model Schedule

Sociology Program