Bachelor of Arts

Sociology examines the structures and organizational patterns of social groups and the theories about them. Due to its versatile nature, a sociological background can lead to a broad array of rewarding careers including criminal justice, education, public health and marketing.

Program Overview

Examine the complex conditions of our social lives.

Sociology is a systematic approach to the behavior of societies or groups—what defines them, what holds them together and what destroys them. You’ll learn how inequality, health care, housing, religion and education impact individuals and entire social groups. Once you adopt a sociological perspective, you will begin to challenge ordinary assumptions of how the world works. Sociology’s subject matter is wonderfully broad, but you can customize your experience based on your personal interests and professional aspirations. In the program, you’ll gain the necessary research skills to pursue an advanced degree or begin your career as a teacher, counselor, social worker, criminal justice advocate and more.

Sociological perspectives

Western’s Sociology program teaches students the ways in which social structures and culture shape the world.


At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Code Title Credits Description
GEOG 340 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3 View
PSY 200 Statistics and Data Analysis 3 View
PSY 368 Psychopathology 3 View
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 View
SOC 150 Environmental Sociology 3 View
SOC 168 Social Problems 3 View
SOC 211 Quantitative Research Methods 3 View
SOC 225 Self and Society 3 View
SOC 259 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 View
SOC 285 Criminology 3 View
SOC 302 Sociological Theory 3 View
SOC 303 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3 View
SOC 310 Qualitative Research Methods 3 View
SOC 320 The Familly 3 View
SOC 322 Medical Sociology 3 View
SOC 323 Cultural Studies 3 View
SOC 340 Social Movements 3 View
SOC 349 Law Enforcement 3 View
SOC 350 Deviance 3 View
SOC 351 Juvenile Deliquency 3 View
SOC 355 Drugs and Society 3 View
SOC 367 Corrections 3 View
SOC 380 Social Inequalities 3 View
SOC 399 Internship in Sociology 1-6 View



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Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 15 for 2021. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Board, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.


Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.


The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Make your education a life changing experience.

A college education is so much more than just taking classes. Expand your community and network, while gaining hands-on experience in your field.

  • Alpha Kappa Delta: A society of scholars (undergrad, graduate and professional) that promotes excellence in sociology, conducts research on social problems and involves itself in other activities which attempt to improve the human condition.
  • Sociology Club: A student organization meant to engage students in academic and social activities outside of the classroom.
  • Undergraduate Research Conference: A regional conference (sometimes hosted at Western) where students present their own research in a professional setting.

Opening doors

A degree in Sociology degree can open doors to rewarding careers in criminal justice, education, public health and more. Graduate school is a popular pathway, too.

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Additional Resources

Sociology Club and AKD (Honor Society)

Sociology Club and AKD (Honor Society) Anyone with an interest in social issues is encouraged to join these clubs to engage in academic and social activities outside of the classroom. Regular Events …

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Department Chairperson

Greg Haase, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Department Chair of Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

Administrative Assistant

Deanna Banker, B.S.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Kelley Hall 240
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231