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Sociology Program

Academic Overview

If you find people, social life and the wider world fascinating, sociology may be the major for you. Sociology is the study of social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations and societies, and how people interact within these contexts.

“Because of the diverse perspectives they’re exposed to in our liberal arts curriculum, our graduates develop a great appreciation for the diversity of perspectives that people in our city, country and world bring together in so many interesting ways.”

Brian Rich,
professor of sociology

Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology includes topics such as intimate family; organized social movement for change; deviant behavior; divisions of race, gender and social class; health and medicine; and mass media. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory and application of knowledge. At Transylvania we encourage students both to theorize about society and to apply their knowledge through internships, service learning and participation in public affairs.

A major in sociology gives students a solid foundation for occupations that involve understanding and working with people of diverse backgrounds. In the past decade, the number of sociologists in business alone has doubled. The sociology major provides excellent preparation for graduate and professional schools in such areas as law, medicine and human services. Sociology students at Transylvania benefit from the college’s location in Lexington, a city of 300,000 that is home to a wide variety of businesses, government agencies, healthcare centers, educational institutions and non-profit agencies that offer numerous internships.


Brian L. Rich,
Professor of Sociology

(859) 233-8191

Hazelrigg Hall
Transylvania University 
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508-1797

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  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • State government
  • Public school system
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Law firms
  • Health care
  • Counseling
  • Law enforcement
  • Colleges and universities
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Kentucky
  • Miami University at Oxford
  • University of Louisville
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Human Service Organizations
  • Social Change and Social Movements
  • Sociology of Mass Media
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