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What will I learn?

Sociology is the systematic study of social behavior and human social life. It focuses on the influence of social relationships on people's attitudes and behavior as well as how societies develop and change. Sociology, as a behavioral science, engages in the scientific study of society, social structure, and human social behavior.

Sociology majors frequently enter such diverse fields as law enforcement, counseling, probation work, social service occupations, marketing analysis, human relations, casework, demography, and business.

The Department of Psychology and Sociology is committed to the goals of a liberal education emphasizing human growth and intellectual development through an understanding of individual behavior, social interaction and cultural awareness at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The various programs in the department are geared specifically to the professional preparation of social scientists and practitioners in the areas of human ecology and demography, gender and minority relations, families and children, Mexican American culture and Folklore, U.S.-Mexico borderland studies, industrial organization, health and physiology, abnormal and deviant behavior, counseling, psychometrics, gerontology, and criminology.

The department promotes critical analyses and creative approaches surrounding the socioeconomic development of South Texas by investigating issues and providing services impacting the regional Hispanic population. It provides a comprehensive level of quality instruction, research, and community involvement. By doing so it supports the academic, research, and service goals of the College of Arts and Sciences and the mission of the University.

Our Student Learning Goals are:

Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge base (basic knowledge of their chosen discipline).

Students will be familiar with the research methodology for furthering ideas, theory, and knowledge within the discipline.

Students will be able to communicate their knowledge clearly through both spoken and written media.

Students will apply their knowledge with:

  • Tolerance of conflicting viewpoints.
  • Critical thinking approaches.
  • Appropriate professional and scientific ethics and values.

Students will be prepared for future academic and/or professional endeavors. The development of faculty and students as both learners and creators of knowledge takes place in a variety of venues: lectures, laboratories, seminars, conferences, journals, advising sessions, and committee meetings.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,746.00 per year
Start date

18 January 2023

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

MSC 117, 975 W. Avenue B,

KINGSVILLE,

Texas,

78363, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Undergraduate applicants who have no previous work at the postsecondary level must have at least a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) from a secondary school and must also meet the criteria for admission to a postsecondary school in the applicant’s home country.

For international students

Undergraduate applicants who have no previous work at the postsecondary level must have at least a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) from a secondary school and must also meet the criteria for admission to a postsecondary school in the applicant’s home country.

A minimum TOEFL score of 61 (Internet-based) or 500 (paper-based) is required. or IELTS 6.0 overall band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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