The study of Sociology gives students the ability to observe human behavior, analyze data, and collaborate with others to achieve desired social change. Students study thematic areas: crime and deviance, diversity and inequality, socialization and interaction, globalization and social change. The Sociology major is designed to illustrate the sociological perspective, helping students to develop skills in critical thinking and in using the tools of sociology.
The mission of the Sociology Department is to provide our students with the theoretical and substantive knowledge to participate as skilled professionals within the institutions and organizations that shape our region.
Advising & Retention
The Department of Sociology is committed to student retention and the reduction of barriers to student success. We work to ensure that our students’ progress from admission through graduation is efficient and successful, and we seek to foster close connections between our students and their peers, as well as individual faculty members.
All Sociology majors are requested to meet in person with an academic advisor at least once per semester.
Each semester, a team of faculty conduct academic advising for our majors, minors, and students interested in the field of Sociology. During the Spring 2019 semester, the following faculty serve on the advising team: Dr. Bohsiu Wu (Department Chair), Dr. Ellen Berg, Dr. Anne Luna-Gordinier, Dr. Judson Landis, and Dr. Wehr. Dr. Charles Varano is in charge of student internships and is available for advising regarding undergraduate internship.