Sociology is the science that studies the social relations of people. Knowledge acquired through a variety of research techniques helps explain the social behavior of people and predict what they will do in certain situations. You can get an idea about the range of subject matter we study by our courses: "Marriage and the Family," "Population Health," "Criminology," "Race and Ethnic Relations," "Social Psychology," "Death and Dying", and "Sociology of Religion," to name a few.
A background in sociology provides a variety of vocational choices:
The faculty in the sociology department teach a wide range of undergraduate and provide students with many opportunities to engage in sociological research.
The department is the home to the nationally-recognized Baylor Religion Survey, and our faculty constitute the Institute for the Study of Religion (ISR). In its short history, ISR has obtained over $5 million in research grants with several proposals still pending. Undergraduate students can work with individual faculty using data from the Baylor Religion Survey.
Undergraduate students can also work with faculty getting hands on experience within community analytics faculty through the Center for Community Research and Development (CCRD). The CCRD is a multi-disciplinary/method laboratory in which sociologists perform most of the research, while experts from varying fields lend their support. CCRD researchers employ several methods, and oftentimes extend their studies beyond the Waco metropolitan area.