Sociology students find an active and supportive departmental culture that surrounds coursework in sociological theory, methods, and current social issues. The program provides students with the necessary tools to analyze social interactions, systems, and structures. Department faculty members have a strong commitment to social justice that shapes course offerings and content. The program examines historical and contemporary understandings of race, class, gender, disability, and sexuality with the stated intent of pushing students to reimagine what they thought they already knew.
Sociology does not seek to produce one form of knowledge; rather, it seeks to understand the social processes through which knowledge is produced. Thus, emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills.
Due to the breadth, adaptability, and practical applications of sociology, students with a B.A. in Sociology choose to work in many different sectors: non-profit, private business, social services, education, health services, public relations, criminal justice, and government. Service learning, capstone internships, and faculty-supervised research are integrated into the curriculum. The Sociology Student Association, and outreach organizations on campus such as YES House, creates additional opportunities for students to connect with each other, faculty, and local community organizations.
We recommend that students who are interested in this major take math, writing and social science courses (history, psychology, sociology) in high school.