Department of Sociology

An Engaging Academic Environment

Sociology is the science that studies the social relations of people. It is a scientific approach to understanding human groups and human interaction. From families to neighborhoods to nation-states, human life is spent in the company of others. The theories and methods of sociology provide a means to analyze the social nature of human existence and work toward a world that is more tolerant, equitable, and inclusive.

Training in sociology expands one's awareness and appreciation of human diversity, and is useful preparation for careers in business, law, government, ministry, medicine, and many more.

Why Baylor Sociology

Dating back to 1919, Baylor’s sociology program offers a legacy of distinguished service, high caliber scholarship, exemplary teaching, and unique opportunities to its students. At Baylor, we offer courses taught by top scholars and various opportunities for independent research.

Undergraduate Programs

An attractive aspect of our program is its flexibility with sociological studies in keeping with students interests and ambitions.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Sociology at Baylor University has a productive faculty committed to the mentorship and collaborative research with students.

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Research Areas

Research is an important aspect of graduate study at Baylor and, by the end of their second year, Sociology doctoral students will begin engaging in an in-depth research project. Our graduate students have been published in Social Forces, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and Social Science Quarterly. Their work also has been selected by notable new outlets such as The Huffington Post, USA Today and The Washington Post. 

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Careers in Sociology

The knowledge and analytical skills of sociology make our graduates broadly marketable. More than half of our alumni build a career upon their undergraduate degree. About a third eventually pursues some type of graduate education, such as sociology, social work, seminary, business administration, law, or medical. Private laboratories, foundations, and research centers offer opportunities for those who study sociology and health.

Sociology In the News

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Jun. 7, 2023
34 Baylor faculty members named among top 2% most cited in higher ed research

Stanford University recently compiled a database of the most cited researchers in higher ed history — specifically, those who ranked among the top 2% all-time. It’s an incredible undertaking — and one that found 34 Baylor professors among the honorees.

May 16, 2023
Are College Students with Religious Tattoos More Religious? Yes and No

WACO, Texas (May 16, 2023) – For most of U.S. history, tattoos have been associated with sailors and bikers, but not church-going people. As tattoos have become more popular, with nearly one-third of U.S. adults sporting at least one tattoo, religious-themed tattoos have also increased. A recent study examined the behaviors of college students with tattoos, including religious tattoos.

Jan. 13, 2023
Baylor profs’ books named among 2022’s best by Christianity Today & Englewood Review

The end of each year brings with it a series of lists that bibliophiles eagerly await — a rundown of the year’s best books. Baylor professors are often honored on these “best of” lists, on a wide variety of topics. For 2022, two books authored by Baylor faculty members earned recognition from Christianity Today and […]

Dec. 12, 2022
As Gen X and Boomers Age, They Confront Living Alone

Jay Miles has lived his 52 years without marriage or children, which has suited his creative ambitions as a videographer in Connecticut and, he said, his mix of “independence and stubbornness.” But he worries about who will take care of him as he gets older.

Donna Selman, a 55-year-old college professor in Illinois, is mostly grateful to be single, she said, because her mother and aunts never had the financial and emotional autonomy that she enjoys.

Mary Felder, 65, raised her children, now grown, in her row house in Philadelphia. Her home has plenty of space for one person, but upkeep is expensive on the century-old house.