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


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