Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, communities, and societies, and how people interact in these contexts. Since human behavior is shaped by social factors, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the family to education; from crime to religion; from the divisions of race, social class, and gender to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from environment and sustainability to the sociology of sports. Few fields have such a broad scope and relevance for research, theory, service, and the application of knowledge. The Sociology Department emphasizes engaged pedagogy, critical thinking, theoretical and methodological understanding, service learning, and the application of theory to practice.

(B.A. degree) Thirty-three hours required in Sociology including: SOC 111 or SOC 118, SOC 302, SOC 395, SOC 397, and SOC 450. Choose eighteen additional hours from other course work. The department recommends (but does not require) the following courses for majors: SOC 304, SOC 373, HIS 331, MAT 111, PSY 260, POS 321, ENG 316 and PHI 335.

Required Courses:
SOC 111 (Principles of Sociology) or SOC 118 (Cultural Diversity)
SOC 302 (Classical Sociological Theory)
SOC 395 (Qualitative Research Methods)
SOC 397 (Statistical Methods in Sociology)
SOC 450 (Senior Seminar)

18 hours within Sociology

For a Sociology Minor, eighteen semester hours are required in Sociology including SOC 111 or 118.