To assist students in learning to “think sociologically” and to “think scientifically” in the process of defining, analyzing and understanding human behavior. In doing this the department contributes to the complete education of the student, educates the student for world citizenship, provides education for a productive life and educates for a love of learning.
The department offers the major in sociology and minors in sociology, anthropology, and criminal justice. A student may major in sociology and minor in anthropology or criminal justice as well.
The sociology faculty consists of seven full-time professors who teach within the academic program. All faculty are actively engaged in advising students and teaching in various areas of interest.
The study of sociology offers us a different way of thinking which better enables us to understand and solve the problems of our world. It provides a shift in thinking that is possible because the domain of sociology is the study of why people relate to one another as they do. It involves the study of our rules for living together. It studies how these rules are created, organized, and perpetuated; how they are broken or changed; and the meaning we give to them.
For those majoring in sociology, sociology will provide five important benefits:
Students majoring in sociology generally follow one of three career orientations relating to their eventual career:
Almost everything we do, including our own private reflections and fantasies, is done either directly or indirectly, through and with others— groups both large and small. The kinds of groups we belong to help shape the person we become. Sociology is the systematic study of these groups we create and the social arrangements that exist within a society.
Department of Sociology, Anthropology
and Criminal Justice
326 Kleinpell Fine Arts Building