Sociology is the study of social life. It focuses on the interaction between human groups and societal institutions, from social relationships within family units in preindustrial cultures to those within large, bureaucratic institutions in major industrialized nations. As one of the largest and most diverse departments on campus, we pride ourselves on celebrating our many backgrounds, experiences, and different ways of thinking. What binds us together is the desire to make the world a better place by understanding how society works and helping solve problems.

Sociology majors have many opportunities to pursue broad and diverse ranges of interest. Students gain a sense of social perspective, an understanding of human affairs, an ability to think critically and perform research, and a capacity to write well. The curriculum includes general courses in the arts and humanities and the social sciences along with sociology course work. A generous selection of electives allows students to major or minor in a complementary discipline. A Sociology major also may enroll in one of the interdisciplinary minors, such as Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Religious Studies, or Women’s and Gender Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to: 

Critique individualistic explanations of social phenomena by locating them within broader societal patterns.  They will demonstrate their understanding of sociological concepts and theories, and apply them to better understand, evaluate, and foster social change in real-world settings.

Formulate research questions and select the appropriate sociological research methodologies to answer them.  They will apply this knowledge to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data as well as evaluate information they encounter in scholarly sources as well as from a variety of media sources from their everyday lives.

Analyze the links between individuals, societies, and systems with a focus on describing the ways gender, race, class and other intersecting structures of power produce social inequalities.  They will demonstrate their understanding of these relationships by examining the effects of social inequalities as well as evaluating actions, policies, and programs that can prevent or ameliorate them.

Express sociological ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral contexts to a variety of audiences.

Think critically by engaging in teamwork where they negotiate different perspectives thereby demonstrating an understanding of the complexity of the social world.

Describe how their training as sociologists, academic experiences, and department mentoring provide them with a foundation to critically examine the social world and their own lives in a way that is relevant to their own career and personal pathway.