Empowering imagination for life.
When a student declares a sociology major or minor at UW Oshkosh, they are opening the doors to a career filled with wonder, excitement and lifelong learning.
By declaring a sociology major or minor, students both learn about themselves and learn how to analyze the world around them through a different lens. Sociology majors and minors go on to be leaders in all kinds of professions, from human resources, to market research, to public administration, to law enforcement and more.
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What’s your sociology story?
I have always wanted to work in the field of law enforcement, and I see Sociology as a great addition to my skillset, as it will allow me to examine the issues that I face within the public every day and analyze them on a more structural level.
Sarah Marie Reed
…sociology class really stood out to me. It made me think in a different way and made me want to pursue a profession that emphasized social/environmental justice and achieve equity because I thought it was extremely unfair that some individuals/groups are systematically advantaged or disadvantaged.
“I choose to study sociology because of the vast amount of relevance it has in most professional (fields) and everyday life.”
Kenyetta Walker, ’16
“After taking my Race and Ethnicity class with the wonderful Dr. Son, I immediately fell in love with the major. Learning about the conscious and the unconscious of society has definitely changed my view of the world.”
Kathy Brasier, Ph. D., ’95
“I became fascinated by the idea that we could use data to see patterns in how people act. This notion resonated with me as I thought about how my own family and community experiences could be linked to broader social forces…”
Pat Hager, ’11
“By the time that I graduated I felt like I understood the state of the world and what I was capable of doing about it.”
Jennifer Stephany, ’94
“I chose to pursue a degree in Sociology as it aligned most acutely with my interests in community work as it relates to ethnicity, social class and gender.”
Kathleen Abrahamson, Ph. D., ’90
“I believe that the close faculty contact and personal attention I received in Oshkosh planted in me a love of sociology that encouraged my academic success.”
Baily M. Murph, MPH, ’11
“I’ve always had a desire to learn and understand people and society more deeply, and sociology was my in.”
Oscar Mireles, ’96
“My sociology background has helped in all facets of my work life… I believe I have the skill sets and cultural competencies to provide the most appropriate academic and social supports our students need.”
Shawna Kuether, MPA, ’04
“My Sociology degree allowed me to be open-minded, cognizant and appreciative of the varying cultures, ideas and perspectives I witnessed during my travels.”
“Some key things I’ve gotten from my major include the ability to relate issues in society to greater social forces and how to properly conduct research.”
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