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Program Type: Undergraduate

Minor Requirements: View Requirements

Department: Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy

We provide undergraduate students with the conceptual and applied skills to understand society and how social interactions and human activities are organized and structured. We mentor students to think of college as a time for engaging in experiences and developing skills that position them for success in an ever-changing labor market of career possibilities. Students may choose to enter six broad career areas: nonprofit, government, business, education/continuing education, graduate school, and self-employment. We offer students opportunities to do co-ops and internships, engage in summer service on Native American reservations in South Dakota, engage in class projects that address social issues, participate in research studies, and publish articles and essays collaboratively with faculty.

Program Contacts

Dr. Yaw A. Frimpong-Mansoh
Department Chair

Students in the Spotlight

Diana Hickerson

Diana Hickerson

Graduating Year: 2024

Education: Psychology Major; Sociology Minor

"Minoring in Sociology has given me a chance to better understand people and systems, such as knowing why things may operate in one community the way they do. Sociology has driven me to try to find ways to improve areas of need in the little community that I come from so that more people may live as equal of lives as possible, with opportunities available to everyone and not just those who already have the means to access them. I owe the majority of my ideas for my future career plans to my decision to pursue a minor in sociology and to the amazing professors who have made this field such a beautiful thing to me.”"

Diana Hickerson is a senior completing a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. With a passion to always continue learning, having the opportunity to complete her degree online allows her to pursue that goal while also doing other meaningful things in her life. Outside of school, she works at the local Senior Center, where she enjoys having the chance to make a difference in the lives of the senior citizens in her community. 

Find Your Passions & Build Your Future

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  • Co-curricular Opportunities: We offer various opportunities for you to actively engage with faculty and your fellow students through our vibrant SAPiens Student Society, National Sociology Honor Society, the Native American Student Organization and Kiksuya.
  • Internships: Our students have numerous internship opportunities in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area including opportunities with the Cincinnati the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The Mourning the Creation of Racial Categories (MCRC) Project, The Hamilton County Juvenile Court, Ohio Innocence Project, Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, and local law firms and through our Future Leaders Internship Program (FLIP).
  • Career Explorations: Our students explore careers in and out of the classroom. You’ll do everything from hearing from working professionals in various careers to participating in experiential learning through the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project, where you decide which local social justice nonprofits receive funding and connect what you are learning in the classroom with what is occurring in the community. Our innovative, interdisciplinary courses, such as SOC 355: Sociology of the Environment, SOC 360: Technology and Social Change, and SOC 371: Environment, Society, and Public Health, may provide you with a glimpse into various careers in anthropology. Or you might be interested in one of the study abroad programs in our department (e.g. Belize, Thailand, Ireland, Kenya, and Fiji) to learn and experience other cultures, and expand your cultural competency.
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Financial Aid

A variety of financial assistance is available, from grants to scholarships, loans to veteran benefits.