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.
The Sociology major provides a solid background for graduate study in sociology and other liberal arts disciplines, as well as for professional degrees in areas such law, public health, criminal justice, and social work. The BA in Sociology provides students with a range of skills that can translate into successful careers that begin right after graduation: our graduates have the analytic and communication skills that enable them to succeed in a broad range of fields. They work in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors in a range of administrative and front-line positions.
The Department of Sociology has 16 faculty members, several adjunct professors, 25 graduate students (many of whom are supported by graduate teaching assistantships) and over 350 undergraduate majors.