Why Study Sociology Here?

Our department offers two majors: sociology or criminology. Within the sociology major, you can specialize in Africana studies, American Indian studies, social inequality, research methods, or women's and gender studies. We also offer eight minors so that any student can broaden their perspective and explore society in a new way. Our graduates find that looking at the world in a new way equips them to succeed in further study and diverse workplaces in fields like health care, social services, government, and more.

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.

Beyond the Classroom

Our programs offer lots of opportunities for you to enrich your education, both inside and outside of class.

We have a strong research faculty filled with award-winning teachers. They have built a reputation among students for being approachable and engaging. Our large and growing research portfolio covers violence prevention, gender studies, race, and gerontology, among other fields of study.

a
We have a strong research faculty filled with award-winning teachers. They have built a reputation among students for being approachable and engaging. Our large and growing research portfolio covers violence prevention, gender studies, race, and gerontology, among other fields of study.

Our students get real job experience with internships at police departments, probation and parole offices, crisis hotlines, law offices, free clinics, community programs, and government agencies.

career
Our students get real job experience with internships at police departments, probation and parole offices, crisis hotlines, law offices, free clinics, community programs, and government agencies.

We offer scholarships, awards, and research grants specifically for our students, as well as those sponsored by the university and our College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

a
We offer scholarships, awards, and research grants specifically for our students, as well as those sponsored by the university and our College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Working one-on-one with our faculty or in research groups, our students undertake independent research, publish their work, and present at conferences.

a
Working one-on-one with our faculty or in research groups, our students undertake independent research, publish their work, and present at conferences.

Explore international society and culture first-hand on education abroad trips. We offer summer, semester and year-long opportunities to a variety of locations across the world.

a
Explore international society and culture first-hand on education abroad trips. We offer summer, semester and year-long opportunities to a variety of locations across the world.

Our active Students for Non-Violence, Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society, Sociological Club, and Sociology Graduate Student Organization host regular social gatherings, provide networking opportunities, and volunteer in the community.

a
Our active Students for Non-Violence, Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society, Sociological Club, and Sociology Graduate Student Organization host regular social gatherings, provide networking opportunities, and volunteer in the community.