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Sociology is the scientific study of human social relationships, social interactions, and institutions.

Through teaching, research, and service learning, the Sociology program provides critical understanding of ways people relate to one another as they organize society using its structures and cultures.

Sociology encourages us to see the world in a new light. In a country like the United States where individualism is celebrated, it is very easy to forget that the way we behave and feel is socially produced. Whether through friendships, social networks, families, church groups, socioeconomic classes, complex organizations, nations, or global movements much of our lives is socially constructed. This is a fundamental premise of sociology.

Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies resulting from social movements. The discipline uses both quantitative and qualitative tools to understand how and why our society changes, at the structural level of instituitions and the individual level of human agency.

The Department of Sociology offers a B.S., B.A, and Minor in Sociology as well as a Degree with Distinction in Sociology (PDF 74KB). 

The Department of Sociology also offers an interdisciplinary B.A. in Organizational Leadership and minors in Gender Studies, Gerontology, Urban Sociology, and Veterans Studies as focus areas within the discipline. Take some time exploring these programs and reach out with any questions to the assigned advisors for each degree.