Undergraduate Program

Majoring in Sociology


Interested in becoming a sociology major?

Contact Dr. Mim Thomas, the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

"Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.  Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts.  The subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports.  Few fields have the broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge that Sociology has." American Sociological Association

Majoring in Sociology can lead the way to many career options

A Notre Dame survey of alumni/ae who majored in sociology revealed that they are employed as business managers, consultants, corporation executives, insurance agents, medical administrators, politicians, realtors, religious ministers, social workers, teachers, and university professors.

Arts and Letters students from every major succeed in business, graduate or professional school, or full-time service. Learn more about the career outcomes of all of our graduates, including Sociology majors.


Minor in Sociology

Now offering a minor in Sociology.

The Minor in Sociology requires 15 credit hours. There are no prerequisites. To add the Minor in Sociology, students should make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Please see Requirements to review the requisites of the Minor. 

Why Minor in Sociology?

Minoring in Sociology gives you a theoretical and empirical way to understand our changing societies. It is a great way to prepare for any career because you will be better able to understand the myriad social factors that affect every aspect of an individual’s life, growth, and development.