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Why study Sociology at APSU?

The Department of Sociology has experienced faculty who hold doctoral degrees and are nationally recognized in the field. Sociology faculty are deeply committed to teaching and mentoring sociology majors at Austin Peay.  We award competitive scholarships to our majors each semester, a testament to the quality of students that graduate from our program.  We have a strong record of placing students in nationally recognized graduate programs including the University of Tennessee, Bowling Green State University, Loyola of Chicago, Florida State University, Vanderbilt, and the London School of Economics. Moreover, we have smaller classes compared to many larger universities, and our seminar-style courses encourage the free exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives.  


What will I learn?

Sociology majors complete coursework in research methods, sociological theory, applied statistics, and a senior capstone course. The Department of Sociology emphasizes experiential learning and many of the students will take advantage of the service designated courses in the curriculum. Students completing a degree in sociology are well prepared for the job market with a firm background in quantitative reasoning and analytical skills applicable to many professions. Furthermore, sociology students will engage coursework focused in three critical areas: race and ethnicity, gender and sexualities, and social stratification.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. Pre-requisites in the general education core that apply to sociology include Introduction to Sociology and Elements of Statistics.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage include Alpha Kappa Delta (National Honor society for Sociology) and the Sociology Club.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Some examples of HIP experiences in the sociology program include internships, directed individual studies, study abroad, and service learning designated courses. Students enrolled in service learning courses have collaborated with community-based agencies such as the United Way, the Clarksville Food Initiative, and the Sierra Club to address pertinent social issues affecting the middle-Tennessee region. 

What do Sociology majors do after graduation?

If you are pursuing a career in social services, social science research, social media analysis, or wish to work for with diverse populations to address relevant social issues then a degree in sociology is the right place to start. Undergraduates are well prepared for entry-level positions in those careers as well as many other related fields.  master' degree in sociology is required to teach at the post-secondary level and will also open many doors in management, supervision, and applied research.


  • Social Services/Counselor
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Management Related Professions
  • Secondary and Postsecondary Teachers
  • Domestic Violence Victims Advocate
  • Office Manager
  • MS in Sociology
  • Administrative Support
  • Social Science Researcher
  • Human Resources
  • Research Analysts
  • Events and Marketing Coordinator
  • Juvenile Probation Analyst
  • Ph.D in Sociology