Majors and Minors


The subject matter of Sociology includes a wide variety of topics including social inequality, deviant behavior, criminology, gender, race and ethnicity, mental illness, non-western societies, law, corrections, aging, sports, and interpersonal violence. Sociology majors develop research skills and the ability to understand and connect individual lives with wider social forces.


Sociology majors bring to a job the ability to gather information and put it into perspective and are prepared for entry level positions in business, social services, and government as well as for advanced training in professional and graduate programs. Graduates of the program are employed in a variety of positions in social service settings and in the criminal justice system. Students have been accepted in Masters and Ph.D. programs in Sociology, College of Law, and Urban Studies.

Internships: Sociology majors and minors who have completed required courses and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 may enroll in the Sociology Internship course. Student interns have been placed in various agencies in the criminal justice system including police departments, juvenile courts, and corrections facilities; non-profit organizations; and social service agencies. Internships have proved to be a good way for students to explore careers. Some have led to employment.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Sociology major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
Department of Sociology
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1722
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4500


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