College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Sociology?

In this major, you’ll learn about the inner workings of society. Sociology students gain a distinctive set of conceptual tools. These tools can be used to understand and solve the problems in our complex social world. Our program will teach you research methods that will help you better understand social diversity and change. You'll learn both in the classroom and through hands-on opportunities. Students will gain analytical skills by delving into social statistics. Students will also develop creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and excellent written expression.

Career Options

  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Nonprofit work
  • Social work
  • Sociology

Post-Graduation Success1

79% employed or continuing education

53% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

$38,493 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: ITW David Speer Academy, Instituto del Progreso Latino, Hyundai Motor Company View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, DePaul University, Northern Illinois University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.6 years to degree

93% first-year retention rate

65% four-year graduation rate

82% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770