Why study Sociology at Washburn?

Are you curious about society, groups, cultures, and how people relate to and engage with others in different settings? Consider sociology. While a sociology degree can open the door to many careers that require a bachelor’s degree, it’s also a path to a career field that can provide work in a variety of settings – from government, to non-profit, to business as a researcher, service program developer, or community liaison.

At Washburn, you’ll learn with experts who use the classroom and community partnerships to build your skills in ways that support you and create positive change for others.

Career Forecast Stable OutlookAverage Salary $50,850on campus
Sociology students smile while working on a research project.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the “study of social life, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior,” according to the American Sociological Association (asanet.org). Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges:

  • from a family with a sick child to health care costs;
  • from television cartoons to gender-role expectations;
  • from “latchkey” kids to juvenile delinquency;
  • from the food we eat to cultural identity;
  • from community engagement to global awareness;
  • from asylum seekers to immigration policy

Our Sociology program will provide you with skills that appeal to a wide range of employers who specifically recruit social science and liberal arts majors

Students and a sociology professor discuss a class project.

What sets sociology at Washburn apart?

  • Community-engaged course work bring careers in sociology to life, whether you want to work with non-profits, business, or with government agencies.
  • Scholarships are available for incoming and returning students.
  • Find your people on campus with the Sociology/Anthropology Club.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to complete original research with faculty mentors, and present your research at international, national, or regional conferences.

Set for success

CAREER FORECAST: stable outlook

Qualities for success


Interested in how/why society operates

Want to learn more about diversity and institutions

Social justice work

Student/faculty ratio


Specialized experiences

Community engaged research

Project-based learning

Issue-oriented service opportunities

Study Abroad experiences

GET IN TOUCH WITH Sociology & Anthropology department

Sociology & Anthropology department
Henderson Learning Resource Center, Room 218
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone: 785.670.1608
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