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The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sociology program enables students to think scientifically about societies and human behavior. The program teaches an array of valuable skills for today’s job market, including critical thinking, logic, writing for either scientific or general audiences, identifying and predicting social trends and the ability to work in diverse groups. Of particular importance are the data gathering and analysis skills that sociology majors obtain while pursuing their degree.

Sociology majors may pursue a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in applied sociology. The sociology program prepares students both for traditional graduate programs as well as for employment after the completion of their undergraduate degree or professional training in areas such as clinical and counseling settings, social work, healthcare organizations, business and nonprofit organizations, administrative positions and public policy careers.

In addition to opportunities in the community, students may and often do work with the sociology faculty on their research. A few examples include the following:

  • Public sociology research projects concerning statistics, survey design and implementation, religion and nonreligion in society, and trends in social attitudes with Ryan Cragun, associate professor and director of the Honors Program
  • Applied and clinical-related internships, research and presentation opportunities related to human rights, well being and social change with Bruce Friesen, associate professor and associate chair of History, Sociology, Geography and Legal Studies
  • Public and applied projects related to gender, sexuality and religion with J.E. Sumerau, assistant professor and director of Applied Sociology 

Completing a double major in sociology and another field is both feasible and beneficial. The skills and knowledge acquired as part of the bachelor's degree in sociology are highly valued in fields that involve working with diverse customers or clients or in jobs that require cultural sensitivity, due process and/or the responsible collection and analysis of data. Courses in some other majors can substitute for one or more required courses in the sociology major. For details, contact Friesen

Applied Sociology

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sociology at The University of Tampa offers one of the few nationally accredited programs in applied sociology. Students who concentrate in applied sociology develop the skills, practice and necessary information for pursuing careers in, for example, social work, social justice organizations, law, political and business administration, governmental and nonprofit management and operation, counseling, medical administration and delivery, and program evaluation. Further, students find opportunities to apply their sociological training through internships and applied research projects as well as annual conferences hosted by the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology.  

Topics of Study

  • Clinical and Counseling Sociology and Social Work
  • Social Scientific Research Methods
  • Religion
  • Race, Class, Gender and Sexualities
  • Human Rights
  • Medical Sociology
  • Social Inequalities and Change
  • Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Policy Analysis

Career and Graduate School Opportunities

Students with a degree in sociology and/or a degree in sociology with an applied concentration often secure occupations in public policy areas, including health services, community work with development agencies or environmental groups, social services, education, social and market research, and governmental service. Sociological training instills in students an understanding of diverse groups and the skills to investigate human behavior. Sociology graduates may provide front-line services to clients in a variety of social settings or work in program management positions where evaluation of trends in behavior or quality of services is required. Sociology alumni have entered graduate programs in sociology, social work, gerontology, law, medicine, psychology, library sciences and business.

Applied Opportunities

  • Internship opportunities have included (among others): Child Abuse Council, Inc., Alpha House, Department of State, Hillsborough Department of Aging Services, Juvenile Alternative Services Program, Joshua House, Metropolitan Ministries, Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Equal Rights Alliance, Inc.
  • Research on religion, gender, sexualities, education and health
  • Evaluation of a variety of programs, including: programs to help the homeless, programs for underprivileged children and educational programs for parents
  • Field experiences in applied sociology and other courses
  • Service learning opportunities in a variety of courses
  • Regional or national sociological conferences
  • Periodic study abroad programs led by sociology faculty
  • Guardian ad litem program

On-Campus Associations

  • Sociology Club - Sociology Club organizes weekly discussions and activities that enhance the content of the sociology program. Events include panels about graduate school and initiatives to promote positive social change. 
  • Alpha Kappa Delta  - Top-performing students may be eligible to join Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociology honors society. For benefits of membership and eligibility requirements, please visit Alpha Kappa Delta.