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Sociology BA

Beyond studying inherently interesting subject matter - groups, organizations, social relationships, and cultural change - a major in sociology provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of career and graduate school pursuits.

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Meet the Sociology Faculty


A special congratulations to Dr. Ted Thornhill, one of our Sociology professors,  on his recent Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Award in the category of Campus Sustainability Research. 

Dr. Thornhill is one of only six national winners of the AASHE award in this category, demonstrating once again that FGCU faculty are the Best. Anywhere.

Dr. Thornhill's award-winning paper: “We Want Black Students, Just Not You: How White Admissions Counselors Screen Black Prospective Students”


Housed in the Department of Social Sciences, the Sociology Program offers a BA in Sociology, and four minors: Gender Studies, Community Planning and Development, Race and Ethnic Studies, and Sociology. The program provides the opportunity for students to think sociologically and challenges them to be actively engaged in the world around them. Students in our program graduate with a broad understanding of the major branches of sociological thought, a robust foundation in research that covers both quantitative and qualitative analysis, and a strong grounding in critical thinking and analysis. 

With our faculty’s rich academic background and interest in race relations, crime and law, gender studies, environmental sociology, medical sociology, and urban and regional planning, the sociology program offers an interdisciplinary and community-based learning experience that positions our students for employment opportunities and graduate studies in diverse fields in the public, private, and not-for-profit domains. 

Central to our work is our commitment to student-centered learning and collaboration, as evidenced by the Sociology program’s creation of the annual Social Science Symposium that attracts participation across diverse disciplines. Our faculty and students have made meaningful contributions to local, regional and national news networks including CNN and the BBC. They have published and presented their research findings at national and international forums. In addition to extensive community engagement in the Southwest Florida area, our faculty are currently engaged in community-based initiatives and work in Africa and Asia. Our students have also highlighted their work at the annual University-wide Research Day event, where they have won top awards.

Did you know?

There are numerous remarkable individuals across industries who have trained in the discipline of sociology.  A few of the most notable include: 

  • Rev. Martin Luther King
  • Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States
  • Ronald Reagan, Former President of the United States
  • Richard Walker, Senior Vice President and Special Advisor to the President on Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank, Boston
  • Emily Balch, Social Reformer, 1946 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
  • Saul Bellow, author
  • Paul Shaffer, Band leader on David Letterman Show/Saturday Night Live

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