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Department of Sociology

Sociology, Criminology, Africana studies

Discover how society and social behavior impact the world. Gain a strong foundation in social sciences while learning to gather evidence, think critically, evaluate sources, and communicate your findings.


Department of Sociology


Our department is recognized for excellence in research, teaching, and community outreach. We specialize in sociology and criminology with concentrations in Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Inequality, Research Methods, and a minor in Peace Studies.

Our M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology have optional concentrations in Africana studies, women's and gender studies, giving you the opportunity to pursue the issues that mean the most to you. Our graduate students work with a large, interdisciplinary faculty who have expertise in sociology, anthropology, ethnic studies, English, history, foreign languages, and African Diaspora studies. We emphasize research and help students make the most of their time by encouraging experiential learning through our centers and interdisciplinary courses of study.