Sociology is a discipline founded about 100 years ago to bring the scientific method to the study of human societies. It has pioneered in the development of methods and techniques designed to provide accurate and verifiable information about contemporary societies. It is the inventor of survey research and a host of statistical measures. The techniques created by sociologists are now used in all disciplines concerned with human behavior. A Bachelor of Arts with a major in Sociology consists of 30 credits organized to provide progressively more sophisticated levels of sociological analysis culminating in a capstone experience. The degree offers five tracks of study for students who want a closer fit between the major and future employment: Law, Justice and Society; Power, Inequalities and Social Change; Sexuality, Health and the Life Course; Culture, Identity and the Media; Organizations, Work, Technology and the Economy. Sociologists today conduct research and reason from research findings to generate deeper understandings of how societies work. The generation of theoretical statements and the testing of those statements in a wide variety of social settings is the core of sociological work. We are knowledge builders, rather than change agents, although there is an emergent group of "applied sociologists" who use sociological knowledge to create changes in organizations, individuals, and communities. We contribute to human improvement by seeing that change can be based on good information and reasoned understanding of how humans work together in groups or larger aggregates.
Common Career Paths
You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major: