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The mission of the University of Missouri - St. Louis  sociology program is to increase the critical understanding of social behavior by teaching students the principles and methodologies of sociology, to promote research and:

1. Prepare students to deal with social problems and issues by:

2. Support students to achieve excellence 
3. Conduct research to contribute to new knowledge 
4. Respond to a changing society by developing innovative programs to meet the challenging needs

Through teaching, research, and service learning, the Sociology program provides critical understanding of ways people relate to one another through the organization of society and how its structures and cultures influence our lives