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Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies

 As a student of Sociology, Gerontology, or Substance Abuse, you'll have the opportunity to support the health and wellness of your community by studying mental health and addiction issues.  

Graduate Degrees:

M. A. in Addictions Counseling 

M. A. in Gerontology  (Not accepting applications at this time)

Undergraduate Programs: 

B. A. in Sociology 

B. A. in Sociology/Substance Abuse Studies 

B. A. in Sociology/Human Services  



Sociology/Human Services 

Sociology/Substance Abuse Studies 


What kind of jobs can be available with a degree in Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies?

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If you graduate with a major in Sociology, you may expect to enter research positions, community organizing, public administration fields, or pursue a graduate education in a variety of disciplines.

A concentration in Gerontology or human services can prepare you for positions like social service workers, graduate education in behavioral science,  human service fields like social work, counseling, and gerontology. As the only gerontology master's program in the state, we offer flexible, early evening classes along with an option to either write a thesis or complete practicum experiences.

Finally, a focus on Substance Abuse Studies prepares you to work in the fields of substance abuse prevention and treatment or to become a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, or LADC.  You could also go on to pursue our new degree, a Master's in Substance Abuse Studies. 

You may enjoy Sociology, Gerontology, or Substance Abuse Studies if you: 

  • are looking to have a deeper understanding of humankind.
  • thrive when working with others and enjoy a humanistic approach.
  • want a broad skill set that enables you to make fair, rational decisions.
  • want to focus on people and their interactions with others and the world.
  • want a degree that will prepare you for a large variety of career paths.
  • are interested in becoming a counselor, social worker, geriatric advocate, or data analyst.
  • are interested in what is going on in the world.



Student Learning Outcomes

The following list of Student Learning Outcomes highlights the key knowledge, values and skills that students will gain from the program and provides a clear framework for success. By focusing on the student and their ability to demonstrate specific behaviors, this framework ensures that the program is meeting its goals and making progress towards continuous improvement.

Graduates of UCO Department of Sociology, Gerontology and Substance Abuse Studies programs will able to:

  • develop foundational knowledge of social perspectives, theory, research methods, statistics, culture, social interaction and stratification.
  • demonstrate a high level of interpersonal and ethical behaviors within their field study.
  • communicate effectively in writing.
  • analyze quantitative and/or qualitative social science research.
  • demonstrate leadership skills in their field study and classes.