WElcOME TO Sociology
Sociology is a 21st Century major. Click here to learn more.
If you wonder why people are the way they are, you will enjoy sociology. Sociology is the study of group behaviors and attitudes. Groups may include:
-- a small social network such as friends or family;
-- demographic categories such as race, gender, or income level;
-- affiliations such as politics or religion;
-- group memberships, whether formal or informal, legal or illegal;
-- towns, states, nations -- or even the entire globe.
Through sociology, you will develop a greater appreciation for the diversity of human experience, and understand more about the social forces that shape the world around you -- and your own life.
Because sociology covers so many areas of human experience, a sociology degree is versatile. Graduates work in such diverse fields such as public and private service agencies, criminal justice, marketing, research, business consulting . . . anything that involves the understanding of group patterns. For our Undergraduate Handbook, click here.
Students who pursue graduate-level degrees advance even further in their professional fields, or become college professors. Click here for our handbook, "Careers in Sociology." You may also click here for the ASA handbook on 21st century careers in Sociology. For our Undergraduate Handbook, click here.
Department Mission Statement
The Department of Sociology is dedicated to the academic understanding and analysis of social, cultural, and institutional aspects of human life. As our world has become increasingly complex and challenging the sociology curriculum equips students with a broader and deeper understanding of human diversity. Students are prepared for employment in the professional and private sector and pursuit of higher degree programs. The Sociology faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, professional and creative activities with the highest regard for academic expression and freedom. Students are rigorously trained in theory and research methods.