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College of Arts & Sciences



Kris Oehlert

Department Assistant

History, Culture & Society

Understand your world.


Sociology majors are creative and innovative critical thinkers with multicultural and global understandings. While at Baker, sociology students learn how societies are organized, how societies change, the nature of social inequality, and the connections between individual behavior and social groups. 

Students work closely with a faculty advisor to build a personalized undergraduate experience through a social justice minor or one of our areas of emphasis—a course of study designed with their interests in mind.

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Double Up

A major in sociology combined with another discipline can expand your professional and academic opportunities. Sociology students often double major in business, psychology, or Spanish.

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Exceptional Experience


Try Something New

Baker’s innovative Inside-Out Prison Exchange program allows students to travel weekly to the Topeka Correctional Facility and share a class with incarcerated women. This class—the first of its kind in Kansas—brings together students of different backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and perspectives for in-depth discussions.

Create Your Own Path

Baker’s sociology program offers two concentrations and a minor so students can tailor their degree to their interests: criminal justice, social justice, or public sociology. Our graduates go on to the Peace Corps and Teach For America, or continue their education in graduate schools across the United States.

Hands-On Experience

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


Our sociology majors have landed the following jobs:

  • Community workers with nonprofit agencies
  • Social worker
  • Police officer and Investigator
  • Health services and family services
  • Teaching
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The Department of History, Culture, and Society gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Social Sciences
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Philosophy and Religion
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for History
  • Dorothy J. and James F. Hilgenberg Scholarship
  • Gilbert and Martha Jane Lewis Ferguson Scholarship
  • Brune Memorial Scholarship
  • Paul Dick Scholarship
  • Warren E. and Marion Rhodes DeSpain Scholarship in Church Leadership
  • Thomas G. Manson and Frances B. Manson Scholarship
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Concentrations & Minors

Crime & Criminology Concentration

Welfare & Social Well-Being Concentration

Social Justice Minor

Sociology Course Descriptions

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Tim Buzzell

Professor of Sociology

B.A., M.P.A. Drake University; Ph.D. Iowa State University

Expertise: Computer crime and Internet deviance, sociology of ritual and holidays, political sociology and extremist groups

Office: Parmenter Hall 16


Dr. Michelle Deming

Assistant Professor of Sociology

M.A. University of North Carolina in Wilmington; Ph.D. University of South Carolina; Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, University of South Carolina

Office: Parmenter Hall 23

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