The Department of Sociology embraces a range of disciplines and their related subfields: anthropology, criminal justice, gerontology, social services and sociology. These disciplines are united by a set of classes designed to cultivate an appreciation for social and cultural diversity. Students are taught to observe the ways that social and cultural forces shape both groups and individuals, and are provided with the skills of scientific inquiry that will help enable them to analyze the causes and consequences of social interaction in a wide range of settings. Our graduates are represented in careers such as teaching, law enforcement, social work, health care, corrections, public administration, medicine and social policy.
Students who choose one of the department majors can expect to acquire a valuable set of skills:
- Diversity Awareness: Students go outside their comfort zone to not only witness but identify with and appreciate the perspective of diverse groups.
- Scientific Literacy: Students learn how to separate what they know from what they don't know, and the process by which we create and evaluate knowledge.
- Social Responsibility: Students analyze and critique existing social policies and consider empirically grounded alternatives.
- Communication: Students learn to articulate their ideas visually, orally and in writing.
- Critical Thinking: Students apply disciplinary theories and concepts to interpret real-world events and identify alternative approaches.
Course work in the Department of Sociology provides students with skills that make them invaluable as workers. Our majors graduate with the ability to facilitate discussions across diverse viewpoints, gather and assess evidence, evaluate programs and then "think outside of the box" to act as leaders of innovation and change in the work place.