Concentration in Public Sociology

Sociology is an ideal major if you want to a enter a service profession, and a concentration in public sociology will prepare you for a career helping people.

Prepare Yourself for a Career Helping People

Many of our graduates have gone on to earn master's degrees in social work or to work in juvenile group homes, with aging populations or in other human services. Students interested in these fields can earn a concentration in public sociology by completing 12 credit hours from the following courses:

  • Sociology of the Family
  • Social Class and Status
  • Sociology of the Life Course
  • Community and Social Capital
  • Criminal Justice
  • Sociology of Medicine
  • Sociology of Deviant Behavior
  • Power, Politics and Modernity

Minor in a Related Field

We encourage public sociology students to minor in conflict management or related fields, especially those that will help them in their selected career settings.

Combining Service & Learning

An important goal of the sociology program at Baker is developing civic-mindedness. Many of the courses in the public sociology concentration find ways to connect what is learned in the classroom with service to the community.

One of our students recently created an awareness campaign to bring attention to the relationship between social inequality and homelessness.


Sociology students have many opportunities for internships in service agencies. We have created partnerships with agencies in Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City with a variety of alumni and community leaders.