Undergraduate Studies

Why Sociology?

Sociologists study large social structures like institutions, social classes, societies, and world systems, as well as more localized structures that shape an individual's place and experience in the world.
By majoring in sociology, students are encouraged to examine how the world works and their place in it. The UConn Department of Sociology invites students to investigate how people may challenge, resist, alter, or preserve and protect their social world.  Our goal is for students to understand the major organizing principles that contribute to shaping our social identities, including “race” and ethnicity, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation.

We do not provide a handbook of easy solutions to social problems. Instead, the Department of Sociology teaches students how to ask the difficult questions, to dig beneath the obvious, and to search for the multiple layers of social meaning.

As an undergraduate sociology major, students will take a series of classes - from introductory sociological topics to more advanced and in-depth seminars. These will challenge students to think critically and engage with a wide range of topics and ideas.

Scholarships and Grants

Contact Us

Storrs campus offices are located in Manchester Hall. Sociology courses are also offered at the Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury campuses.

For questions about academic requirements, email Kathryn Upson or schedule an appointment with her here: www.nexus.uconn.edu.

For questions about courses and registration, or for general inquiries, email Katherine Covey or contact her at (860) 486-4423.'

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Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ruth Braunstein









Academic Advisor

Katie Upson