Department of Sociology


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Department of Sociology
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 349
Phone: 785-628-5840
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Department of Sociology

'Top Online' from Guide to Online Schools!Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. The challenges we face today - changing family structures, cultural diversity, community development, globalization, urbanization, social inequality, terrorism, environmental change, migration – provide students like you with fantastic opportunities. A sociology degree develops strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and prepares you for a variety of rewarding careers where you can make a lasting impact on the lives of others.

Dr. Kate McGonigal is the lead organizer for the 2017 Michael Tilford Conference on Diversity and Multiculturalism. Please plan now to attend!

The department offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Sociology, an addictions counseling track options inside either the BS or BA, and many certificate opportunities. Our curriculum allows each student to craft a program of study - providing the theoretical knowledge and applied experiences applicable to both the workplace and advanced academic pursuits. It is a broad, sturdy degree that has prepared students for success in a wide array of graduate degree programs. Our programs are available on-campus and online.

Academic and Certificate Programs - all available online

Sociology at FHSU: Forward thinking. World ready.

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 FHSU offers the lowest tuition for out-of-state students when compared to the out-of-state rate and the in-state rate averaged together (methodology used by in Best Value Schools ranking) of all other schools in  the list!  Go here to see our very affordable Virtual College Tuition schedule: FHSU Tuition.

Sociology is a truly transformational field of study - merging skills and knowledge to help you make a "life" as well as a "living." By studying sociology with us at FHSU you will...

  • Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of culture, society, and community; and of the interplay of social structure and human interaction.
  • Examine and help solve existing and new social problems through inquiry, theoretical and evidenced-based techniques - equipping you with the tools and skills you need for success in the workplace or in graduate school.
  • Study with faculty who incorporate their experiences and active research into the classroom - exposing you to sociological knowledge applicable to the real world.
  • Take innovative courses - available both online and on-campus.
  • Enjoy a wide variety of courses - a big university experience - provided by unpretentious and approachable faculty.

We have significant resources for students, including student organizations and research support, that will help you examine and help solve existing and new social problems through inquiry, theoretical and evidenced-based techniques.

You’ll have enriching hands-on experiences through research, service and internship opportunities. And because we offer unique classes (like grant writing and case management) and degree tracks (like the Addictions Counseling Track) not typically available in departments our size, and because our programs are available on-campus and online, you’ll have a leg up on the competition upon graduation, and be prepared to take on a variety of rewarding careersCheck out what some recent Sociology graduates are doing

If you are interested in learning more about Sociology programs, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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