Sociology at UALR

Sociology is a social science dedicated to the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies. In the study of our behavior as social beings, sociology offers a broad range of interests, from analyzing short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to examining global social processes.

Our Program

  • Provides students with methodological and analytical skills that will allow them to conduct research and analyze data.
  • Helps students to communicate effectively through writing and presentations.
  • Encourages critical thinking in an environment where students learn to solve problems and become aware of how individuals, groups, and societies interact.
  • Offers a valuable foundation for direct entry into meaningful careers or graduate study in a wide range of fields including law, education, counseling, social work, public health, and public administration.
  • Covers a broad selection of courses, including the study of organizations, gender, families, cities, minority groups, environment, and urbanization.
  • Allows students to simultaneously pursue teaching licensure to teach social studies in Arkansas for grades 7-12.

Our department faculty are involved in many other activities on campus and beyond.  For example, Dr. Robert Sanderson is Associate Director of the Sequoyah National Research Center.  Our department has a diverse community of professional educators representing a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and experiences. This diversity makes for a dynamic educational experience.

What can bachelors-level graduates do with their degree in sociology?

Some work in jobs related to the sociology major, but most find meaningful work in other fields. About one-quarter of graduates with full-time jobs were employed in social service and counseling occupations, most likely in nonprofit organizations. In these occupations, graduates deal with social problems that they explored as part of their sociology major. Graduates also work providing administrative support and management skills in a wide variety of for-profit organizations or in state or local government. Nationally, about two-thirds of those who said their jobs were closely related to what they had learned as sociology majors were very satisfied with their jobs.

Employers place a high priority on hiring graduates with the skills that sociology majors bring to the workforce, such as writing, critical thinking, taking initiative, and creativity. Sociology graduates with backgrounds in statistics are also valuable to employers. Private sector employers envision sociologists as employable in personnel, labor relations, and social service administration.