Sociology is the study of people, groups and society. Wesleyan’s sociology major is designed to help students develop new frameworks for analyzing a broad array of social relations—from everyday life interactions to large-scale historical and structural transformations—and to cultivate a critical appreciation for the academic discipline itself.

Students who major in sociology often pursue careers in education, social work, communications, politics and more.

What You'll Study

  • As a sociology major at Wesleyan, you'll have the opportunity to take courses focusing on social theory; social movement; critical media studies; sexualities; family; gender; race and ethnicity; education; inequality; globalization; economy and development; work; leisure; healthcare; urban sociology; religious movements; philanthropy; political sociology; and sociological methods of analysis.

  • Majors must complete a total of 10 courses, including a capstone project. Requirements include three sociology foundation courses (Introductory Sociology, Sociological Analysis, and Sociology and Social Theory), three sociology topical courses, and three additional topical courses.