About the Sociology Program

Sociology examines human behavior in different social and cultural contexts.


Are you planning to pursue a career that involves understanding group dynamics, keeping up on social trends, or navigating cultural diversity, here or abroad? Then you need to study sociology!


What is sociology?

* Sociology is the study of society.

* Using sophisticated research methods, we study groups, institutions, beliefs, and experiences to understand how societies work.

* Some of the topics we’re interested in include race, gender, crime, sexuality, families, youth, and politics.

* Students are often attracted to sociology because of a passion for social justice, a desire to understand different groups or cultures, or a need to understand organizations or institutions.


What skills do you learn as a sociology major or minor?

* Sociologists are social scientists who learn a variety of research methods to gather and analyze data about society.

* Additionally, critical thinking, effective communication, and writing skills are forefront in the discipline, and these skills are highly sought after.

* Through internships, an important part of our program, our majors receive practical work experience and insight leading to numerous career choices, while earning college credit.


What competencies can you learn as a sociology major or minor?

* Sociology students learn about culture, diversity, inequality, and justice, preparing them to navigate a diverse society.

* Classes on specific topics, such as crime, the media, and the family, also provide students with valuable knowledge about important topics  in society.

* Pre-Professional Opportunities: Sociology offers a good foundation for graduate and professional degrees and for careers in social service, criminal justice, and community organizations. Working closely with their faculty advisor, students develop a course of study, including related minors, which best fits their interests and aspirations. To support career goals in the following areas, sociology majors/minors can take:

     1) Law and Criminal Justice: Criminology (SOC 328), Social Problems (SOC 201), Youth Subcultures (SOC 333), and Race and Racism (SOC 230).

     2) Social Justice/Advocacy: Race and Racism (SOC 230), Sex and Gender in Society (SOC 222), Intersectionality (SOC 345), Sociology of Sexualities (SOC 380), Social Movements and Politics in the US (SOC 340), and Environmental Sociology (SOC 367).

     3) Marketing and Organizational Research: Race and Racism (SOC 230), Sex and Gender in Society (SOC 222), Media and Popular Culture (SOC 250), Youth Subcultures (SOC 333), and additional methodologies courses (e.g. SOC 2/370 Field Work Experience and SOC 225 Advanced Research Methods).

     4) Social Work/Not for Profit: The Profession of Social Work (SOC 240), Social Welfare and Human Services (SOC 362), Social Problems (SOC 201), Action Research Seminar (SOC 395), Grant Writing (SOC 398), Marriage and Family (SOC 311), and Sociology of the Life Course (SOC 260).

     5) Student Affairs:  Race and Racism (SOC 230), Sex and Gender in Society (SOC 222), Sociology of the Life Course (SOC 260), Youth Subcultures (SOC 333), Social Movements and Politics in the US (SOC 340); Intersectionality (SOC 345), and Sociology of Sexualities (SOC 380).


Sociology Student Learning Goals

Sociology students will develop the following concepts and competencies*:

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*These were adopted based on the following article: Susan Ferguson.  2016. “The Center Does Hold: The Sociological Literacy Framework.” Teaching Sociology 44(3):  163-176.