Sociology

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in sociology prepares students to understand the classical and historical foundations of sociology, including the major topics and methods that sociologists use.


Curriculum Highlights

Olivet sociology students study the patterns of social behavior, community life and traditional social institutions, such as marriage, family and religion, while exploring the dynamics of social change. The groups, cultures, organizations and social institutions that unite and divide people, and the complexities and nuances of social systems, are a focus of discussion and research. Graduates with a degree in sociology are typically prepared to enter graduate school (pursuing advanced degrees in a variety of related social science disciplines) or to seek entry-level employment in a number of social, community and business settings.


Sociology is ideal for those who are:

  • interested in working with people
  • hoping to improve our society
  • strong in written and oral communication skills
  • good at listening
  • curious
  • observant
  • patient
  • self-motivated
  • sensitive to others
  • excited about collecting, organizing and interpreting facts and numbers

Department of Behavioral Sciences

Possible Careers After Graduation

  • Sociologist
  • Professor
  • Anthropologist
  • Market analyst
  • Research assistant
  • Demographer
  • Urban planner
  • Human resource manager
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