Program Options

Major or Minor in Sociology

Students studying sociology have a variety of career opportunities – in areas like education, journalism, politics, public relations, business, law, criminal justice and human services.

A Concordia education will prepare you for any of those options as you develop thinking, leadership and communication skills through your classes, internships, off-campus study and volunteer experiences.

Degree Requirements and Courses


Employers and field placement agencies consistently evaluate Concordia sociology graduates with a high degree of readiness and competence for professional sociology practice. Recent employers include: American Cancer Society, Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, Minnesota Population Center and Sanford Health.

Unique Opportunities

Our students are key members of a larger community. Many secure internships and service opportunities with organizations like Lutheran Social Services, Vogel Law Firm, senators' offices and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Each year, our expert faculty lead multiple groups of students on international learning seminars – studying diverse topics in places like South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Research partnerships allow students to explore and address contemporary issues such as aging, sexuality and sustainability. Students utilize observation and other social science methods in internships, part-time and summer jobs, and volunteer experience. Present exceptional research in on-campus lectures or at professional conferences.

I had opportunities that I never thought I would have as an undergraduate student – like being invited to join a faculty-student research team within weeks of starting my freshman year. I eventually presented my findings on sustainability in higher education at an international conference. – John Connell '15

Students Contribute to Vaccine Resistance Database

“It is pretty amazing to be able to complete our coursework and realize that our efforts are directly contributing to something as important and meaningful as combating deadly pathogens,” – Sabina Beck '19, a sociology and global studies double major, one her participation in a course on microbes