National studies show that the study of sociology is trending upwards, and FAU's sociology major has been part of that trend. The number of majors in sociology has grown at a rate outpacing the university's growth. We think that sociology is growing because, as the American Sociology Association (ASA) puts it, sociology is a "21st century major." The ASA notes that: "The 21st century labor market is fast-changing, increasingly global, and technology-driven. The jobs that you may apply for as a graduate may not even exist yet. To navigate the 21st century means being able to keep up with the changing world. As society evolves, you as a sociology major will have the tools to critically analyze the world and your place within it. You will also learn the practical skills you need to succeed there."
Most sociology majors do not enter FAU with the intention of majoring in sociology -- but, when they "find" the discipline, they discover their intellectual home. Many students discover that sociology focuses on the kinds of issues that they have been interested in for many years -- like the causes and consequences of trends in family life or changes in the structure of the economy. They discover that sociology provides them with the tools to ask and answer complicated questions about different aspects of society; they realize that these skills are essential for them to survive and thrive in their personal and professional lives. Many see the ways in which a sociological education can prepare them to be thoughtful and effective participants in political debate and public policy. They major in sociology because (a) they are fascinated by it and (b) they know it is a strong foundation for what comes next.
Some sociology majors go on to graduate study in sociology, but most go directly into the workforce or into a broad range of professional graduate programs (such as law or public health). Sociology is one of the most accessible "liberal arts" majors. Those majors provide the basis for a broad range of successful careers and, as studies have shown, liberal arts majors tend to outpace the earnings of those who major in many so-called "professional" fields. For all of these reasons, the sociology major is thriving.
The sociology minor attracts almost as many students as the sociology major. Students in many disciplines, including history, psychology, education, business, and communication, decide that a minor in sociology is perfect complement to their major field of study. It gives them insights, knowledge, and skills that often provide them with a competitive edge.
The undergraduate major has been designed to provide students with maximum flexibility, while also ensuring that they develop key skills and master core knowledge. The major requires that the student complete at least 30 credit hours in sociology with a grade of "C" or higher, including at least one class in sociological theory (three credits), one class in sociological analysis (three credits) and at least eight additional courses in any of the other areas of sociology (24 credits).
Sociology majors often take more than 30 credits in sociology -- and, with courses on topics that range from the sociology of sport to the sociology of labor and globalization, the department offers a broad and rewarding curriculum..
The undergraduate minor requires at least four upper-division courses (12 credit hours) with a grade of "C" or higher. All 3000 and 4000 levels courses are accepted for the minor, so it is easy to create a minor to complement your major field of study.