The study of peoples’ interactions and identities, and the societies, institutions and cultures they create.

What is sociology?

At Park University, our Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in business, government, human and social services, and social research and data analysis. The Mission of the Sociology Program is to provide academic excellence fostering students’ critical examination of society. The program combines scientific and humanistic perspectives to understand the causes and consequences of the social order and social behaviors. Applying sociological theories and research methods, students will recognize the significance of power structures, cultural systems, and inequalities creating diverse positions in society. By analyzing and interpreting valid and reliable data and explanations, students will gain the capacity to think rigorously, empirically, critically, and creatively about the interconnections between self and society.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program, you’ll able to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus or at one of over 25 campus centers nationwide. You may also take classes online. Students who choose to pursue a minor in sociology may take classes face-to-face in Parkville or online.

The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree requires a minimum of 122 completed credit hours, including 42 hours of degree-specific core curriculum and approved electives. The minor in sociology requires 18 hours of degree-specific curriculum courses. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.


  • Online
  • Parkville
  • Campus Centers

Dr. Tim Westcott

Dr. Timothy Charles Westcott

Chair, Department of Culture & Society
Professor of History

Monica Brannon

Dr. Monica Brannon

Associate Professor of Sociology

Sociology – Learn about the societies, institutions and cultures that people create to help create an even better future.

At Park University, we aim to help our students better understand diverse human societies and cultures through different types of analysis. Sociology is the scientific study of human society and social interaction. Using theories and systematic methods, sociologists attempt to understand the structures and organization of the social world. As a social science, it combines the scientific and humanistic perspectives to study the full range of human experience and helps us understand social patterns and processes and connect them to individual human identities and social problems.

Sociology is a valuable liberal arts major that prepares students for a variety of careers. While pursuing this program, students learn how to collect, analyze, interpret, and apply valid and reliable explanations to personal decisions and to public and organizational policies.

sociology Career opportunities

  • Demographer
  • Market Researcher
  • Urban Planner
  • Policy Analyst
  • Nonprofit Director
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sociology Program Highlights

When you pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree, you will be given the opportunity to take advanced level courses, including:

  • Sociology of Health & Illness
  • The Study of the Family
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Urban Sociology
  • Self & Society

These areas of study will teach you about the diversity of human experiences and their impact on individuals and the groups they are a part of.

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Park University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.