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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures


Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
  • Major
  • On Campus

Understand Social Forces

Sociology is the study of human groups. Sociologists seek to understand the forces that influence human behavior, social change, and social problems. You’ll examine and question the dominant relationships, processes, and structures of social life. This major easily pairs with minors in Applied Sociological Research, Criminology, or Gerontology.

Contact Info

Othello Harris, Ph.D.

Chief Departmental Advisor

Department of Sociology and Gerontology

375 Upham Hall, 100 Bishop Circle, Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

Several options exist for the sociology student at Miami. The basic major in sociology emphasizes exposure to a wide range of topics rather than a specialized area of concentration. Students in this program usually seek employment in government or business. Some go on to graduate school in sociology or a related discipline.

At Miami, there is something for everyone

Course Catalog

Career Options

The vast majority of Miami graduates with a bachelor's degree in sociology find work in business and industry in such areas as employment counseling, market research, program planning, rehabilitation counseling, personnel management, labor relations, human services, and health planning. Other job titles of recent graduates are leadership recruiter, attorney police officer, literary agent, probation officer, and public relations manager.

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


Shelby Frye
  • I decided to take an introductory sociology class through the Miami Plan and I immediately thought ‘wow, I want to do this.’ I’d never thought about life in the way sociology makes you consider it.

    Shelby Frye ’20
    Sociology, Political Science

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Explore what it means to be a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere. We’ll be here to help every step of the way as you prepare for college admission, enrollment, and success.

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