Welcome to Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the causes and the consequences of human behavior.  Sociology's subject matter ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, from the division of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, from the sociology of religion to the sociology of education.

Students are prepared to critically consider social problems such as crime, unemployment, violence, urban decay, poverty, discrimination, and social inequality.


Fields in Sociology

  • Classical Theory
  • Criminology
  • Culture
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Education
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Marriage and Family
  • Population
  • Race Relations
  • Religion
  • Sexuality
  • Social Change
  • Terrorism and Violence

Careers for Sociology

Some College of Arts and Sciences faculty members hosted a panel at the 2021 Provost Kickoff on Minority Voices and Perspectives. This included an array of social scientists that discussed diversity, equity and inclusion. To watch the filmed video, please visit the Provost Kickoff Arts and Sciences Social Scientists Discussion.

Our Mission

The mission of the Sociology Program is to provide undergraduates with scientific knowledge of the structures, forms and dynamics of human interaction within a broadly-based liberal arts education. The program emphasizes the research methods used to acquire data, test hypotheses, conduct analyses and evaluate information.