Undergraduate


We believe that the goals of sociology, (originally known as the "science of society"), are consistent with the objectives of the liberal-arts tradition. The sociological lens provides a powerful analytical tool for explaining, predicting, and understanding human behavior. Sociological insights can be applied to virtually every type of group setting, ranging from families, marriages, and small groups to institutions, organizations, and nations.

Sociology is especially relevant for the analysis of the causes and consequences of social change, espcecially social inequality, in a global landscape. We are therefore convinced that students of sociology are in a special position to help to improve the quality of human life. The mission of our program at the University of Pittsburgh is to provide our students with the skills necessary to fight for those who are downtrodden, underserved, and marginalized.

Areas of Study

For sociology majors wishing to pursue specific themes within the discipline, the Sociology Department currently offers five thematic clusters. 

Honors Program

Sociology majors who have a major QPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to work towards graduating with an honors distinction

Internships and Study Abroad

The Department of Sociology believes that both internships and studying abroad can provide students with excellent opportunities to apply their sociological skills and enhance their learning experiences. 

Awards

Students in the Sociology Department are eligible for a variety of awards that reward academic excellence. 

Undergraduate Courses

Students can choose from a wide variety of courses that span vast disciplines.