About Sociology


Sociologists study group life and the social forces that affect human behavior.  A central goal is to gain insight into how our lives are influenced by the social relationships around us.  Since all human behavior is social behavior, sociology is a very broad field of study. Its subject matter ranges from rural families to urban gangs, from the values and beliefs Americans share to the ways we are divided by class, gender, and race, and from giant corporate organizations to small friendship groups.

Sociology focuses on understanding the social and cultural aspects of human behavior at the local, national, and global levels.  At Radford University, we offer a major and minor in Sociology.


According to data compiled by the American Sociological Association, persons holding a bachelor’s degree in sociology are most frequently employed as professionals in the fields of social work, counseling, and research; as managers, administrators, and sales personnel in businesses and corporations; and as service providers in fields like planning and law enforcement.

If you are searching for a major with a solid outlook, you should check out what Sociology has to offer. Obtaining a BS or BA in Sociology from RU opens doors to careers for the future. Particularly in the areas of business consulting, human services, and assessment/research, the jobs of the future demand individuals with a global awareness, analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to understand and conduct research--let's face it, no one makes decisions these days without data to back them up. If this sounds like the kind of future you want, stop by the Sociology Department or check out the following resources:

The American Sociological Association provides a wide variety of information relevant to sociology majors, such as student experiences, sociology conferences, job opportunities, graduate school, scholarships, and data on graduates with bachelor's degrees in sociology.