Sociology is the study of group life. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies. Our faculty use sociology to understand the sources of social injustice, such as inequality, poverty, racism, and sexism, and work to correct these problems to create better communities, nations and societies.
Because human behavior is diverse, the field of sociology covers a range of subjects including collective behavior, stratification, race and ethnic relations, gender, and religion. The sociology program's strengths include social inequality, globalization, political economy, social movements, and the social control of political dissent. In addition, the sociology program provides students with opportunities to gain practical work experience through the form of internships and service learning.
Students in sociology select one of three emphasis areas:
- Inequalities and Globalization
- General Sociology
Inequalities and Globalization focuses on issues of social, global and environmental justice. Criminology allows students to study the "making of law, breaking of law, and society's reaction to the breaking of law." In the General Sociology emphasis, students select coursework more broadly. In each emphasis students gain critical investigative skills and the ability to understand diverse groups.
Faculty interests and courses include globalization, power and political economy, social movements, gender, race and ethnicity, social class and stratification, deviance, social control, violence, comparative criminal justice and justice policy, corporate crime, environment and society, and religion.
Possible careers include business and public relations, nonprofit administration, social work, health and human services, public policy and planning, international development and aid, politics, personnel work, counseling, and a wide variety of occupations associated with the justice system, from juvenile probation to federal law enforcement.