Every year more than 2200 students enroll in 40 to 50 courses offered by the Sociology faculty. Sociology courses help students develop their abilities to: (1) draw connections between their everyday experiences and the social, historical, and cultural contexts in which they live, (2) analyze social institutions, including the economy, politics, education, the family, work, media, health care, sports, and religion, as products and formative components of larger social structures, (3) examine the development, structure, and consequences of various forms of social inequality in the United States and globally, (4) identify and analyze social trends, changes, and movements, (5) become knowledgeable about social practices, norms and values, ideologies, and world views, and (6) become analytically minded, critical, and ethical participants in society.
Sociology is an essential component of a liberal arts education. The Sociology major provides a solid background for graduate study in sociology and other liberal arts disciplines, such as Anthropology, Political Science, Comparative Studies, Communication, and Media Studies, as well as for professional degrees in law, criminal justice, and social work. Furthermore, students in sociology gain methodological and analytical skills that will enable them to pursue career opportunities in such fields as human services, international relations, consultation, education, and government.
The undergraduate and graduate major in the Department of Sociology provides a solid background for advanced study in sociology or other disciplines including:
- Global Studies
- Environmental Studies
- Communication and Media Studies
- Public Administration
- The MSW in Social Work
There are fifteen full-time faculty members, three full-time instructors, five adjunct professors, 25 graduate students (of whom 15 receive full-time assistantships and tuition waivers), and over 350 undergraduate sociology majors.