Sociology Frequently Asked Questions

What skills do I need to succeed in this major?

If you're considering a sociology major at CMU, you should have a curious mind and strong communication, reading and writing skills. You should question human interaction and be opinionated about current social conditions. Since most social issues are complex, you should enjoy problem solving and using critical thinking skills.

How will I know if this major fits me?

Students typically choose to major in sociology because they are interested in how society operates. If you find yourself wondering why society functions the way it does, or have a desire to correct injustices you feel exist, this major would be a great choice for you. Sociology provides students with the analytical tools they need to understand and impact society.

What can I expect to learn?

As a sociology student at CMU, you will gain knowledge in areas including research design and data analysis, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social theory, and applied quantitative data analysis. You will focus on social problems, pop culture, social psychology, criminology, and much more.

Will I have opportunities for internships and hands-on learning experiences?

To gain even more real-world, hands-on learning experiences, you will have the opportunity to participate in internships for college credit. At CMU, we strongly encourage students to seek out internship opportunities, as they are often a way for you to build experience and social networks that can lead to career opportunities after graduation.

What are CMU sociology majors saying about their experience?

"I chose sociology as my major because I wanted to help make a difference in the world. I want to become a social worker or a case manager for juvenile delinquencies. My experience at CMU has helped me look at individuals in a more open-minded way. When I go work with clients, I will understand their background and know what techniques to use to help them better themselves. I'm excited to get into the real world and put all the knowledge and experience I've received into play." - Kylee Foster

"I want to be able to work with groups of youth after I graduate. My major in sociology has already helped me tremendously and I relate better to groups of people that I have worked with." - Walt Anthony IV

What are CMU students who graduated with this degree doing now?

Graduates of CMU's sociology program have entered professions in areas including social services, government, management, and research. Many have gone on to get their masters in sociology, history and counseling, and several have received a Ph.D. Many graduates choose to work in non-profit organizations in helping professions such as the Rainbow House, the juvenile justice system, and the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center.

Who can I speak with for more information about this major?

For additional guidance and information about the sociology major, contact CMU's Admissions Department at 660-248-6251, toll-free at 877-CMU-1854, or

To read more about this major, visit our Major Resources page provided through CMU's Career Development Center.