A bachelor’s degree in sociology prepares students for a range of careers including social science and marketing research, social services, teaching, human resources, public relations and healthcare administration. Graduates also pursue advanced studies in law, social work, counseling, public administration, public policy, and criminal justice and medicine. A master’s degree in applied sociology equips students with the research and analytical skills needed for careers in policy analysis, program development and evaluation and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. 

Our program includes the study of race and ethnicity, gender studies, data analysis, workplace structures and occupations, education and religious institutions. 

Sociology coursework provides excellent preparation for pre-health students planning to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), which began including a section about the social and behavioral sciences in 2015. Our program offers courses in public health and society, epidemiology, global health, mental health and the aging society, which also can be taken for our public health minor.

Students can receive guidance on preparing for law school through the Pre-Law Advising and Resource Center. The Sociology Club offers opportunities for students to get involved and explore topics in sociology outside the classroom.

Contact the Sociology Program for more information

Lelia Gowland BA’08

New Orleans, LA
Author, speaker, and coach


How do you use your EPPS education in your current profession?

I started my business because women kept coming to me for support in professional negotiations and career decision-making. Now, as a speaker, writer, and coach, I have the absolute pleasure of working with women who want to increase their impact and have a more profitable and fulfilling career.

Back on campus, when I sat in Erin Smith’s course, Women and Work and Family, I was completely fascinated. I loved the depth of conversation and the ways the research Dr. Smith shared opened my eyes to what was happening in the world around me. At the time, I remember thinking, “What the heck am I going to do with this after I graduate…I guess I’ll start a book club.”

Now my entire business is based on a nuanced understanding of the social and political systems that impact women who work. I’m endlessly grateful to my multifaceted EPPS degree and Dr. Smith in particular for paving the way.

The experience I had at UTD exploring social science research absolutely informed my passion, enthusiasm, and ability to write my first book You Got This: The Ultimate Negotiation Guide for Professional Women, which came out in 2019.

Professional honors and recognition:

  • Named one of Gambit Weekly's 40 Under 40, which salutes the "brightest innovators, artists, and professionals in New Orleans.”  
  • Writes regularly for Forbes and has been published in Harper’s Bazaar, Fast Company, Family Circle in addition to many other outlets
  • Profiled in Cosmopolitan and marie claire for her unique approach

What advice would you give current and future EPPS students?

Consider applying for the Archer Fellowship. My time in Washington DC was invaluable exposure to professional environments, the national political landscape, and our nation’s capital. It was also ridiculously fun.

Get involved on campus. The work I did with the University Democrats helped me learn how to coordinate teams and host large-scale impact-oriented events, both of which are skills I use regularly in my business. It also introduced me to my best friend, fellow UTD alum, Bryan Barnett.