Sociology is the rigorous, scientific study of human interaction and social organization. We approach the study of society from various theoretical perspectives but we expect all of our students to be proficient in the analysis of quantitative data. Students who select sociology as their major may choose to concentrate their studies in criminology (Sociology/Criminology option) or concentrate in other required related areas such as community sociology, social and political thought, data analysis, and global issues. We also offer a minor in sociology and criminology. These minors fit well with other social science and humanities majors. Our graduates work in law enforcement, human service organizations, research based organizations, as well as local, state, and federal government offices. Our major provides outstanding preparation for graduate school.

Specific curriculum requirements for majors and minors can be found using the Academic Advisement link. Course descriptions are available in the undergraduate student catalog.

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For Sociology degree requirements, contact
Dr. Mary Glazier, McComsey 232
Phone: 717-871-7476

Craft of Sociology


As part of Dr. Schmitt's Craft of Sociology course she invites alumnae to return to MU to speak about how they use sociology in their current profession.  Featured here is Amy Bitner a 2001 MU graduate who is currently working at the Lancaster Youth Intervention Center, is a sociology professor at York College, and will be starting a PhD program in Administration and Leadership Studies soon. The interaction and networking between our current and former students is invaluable.