A Force For Social Change

Sociology studies the dynamics of human society through investigation of group structures, organizations and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Sociology addresses some of the most challenging issues of our time from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture to the sociology of work to the sociology of sports.

It is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs. Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work.

About the Program

The sociology major prepares students for work within non-profit, governmental, and social service agencies, as well as within medicine, law, and business.

Our Academic Programs


The Sociology major offers a broad education that emphasizes the social and cultural basis of human lived experiences, interactions, and motivation, along with the development of flexible analytical reasoning skills and tools for data management and analysis.

For additional information about program and graduation requirements and course descriptions, please see the Catalog. You can also plan your program of study using the Sociology degree planner [PDF].


The Master of Arts in Sociology program provides the knowledge in theory and methodology needed to pursue a PhD. in sociology or related fields, to teach in post-secondary institutions, or to pursue a public or private sector career, by addressing the following goals:

  1. To allow students to develop skills necessary to secure employment in sociology and related fields;
  2. To equip students with advanced sociological training in theory and methods in preparation for the pursuit of doctoral degrees; and
  3. To equip students with advanced sociological education in preparation to teach in post-secondary institutions.

You can also plan your program of study using the Sociology (MA) degree planner [PDF] and Sociology: Applied Research Specialty degree planner [PDF].

The M.A. Schools, Society, and Violence interdisciplinary program is intended for students who want to pursue advanced studies in conflict, crime, and cooperation in the school context. It is offered through the Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology, and Teacher Education Departments. Students will understand theoretical concepts, methodological techniques, and the application of substantive interdisciplinary knowledge, enabling them to analyze, understand and effectively intervene to reduce harmful relational and institutional practices in school settings. 

Download the Degree Planner [PDF]


Student Involvement

Alpha Kappa Delta

AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. Visit the official AKD website.

Our Awesome Alumni

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology boasts an amazing group of alumni from a variety of its programs. Some of these brilliant students are highlighted on our Alumni & Friends page.

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Dr. Julian Murchison
Professor of Anthropology

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Dr. Rachel Schroeder
Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Dr. Brian Sellers
Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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