Sociology is the study of social life and focuses on the interaction between human groups and institutions and their influences on each other. Sociology ranges from the study of relationships in family units in the most primitive cultures to the research of large bureaucratic institutions in major industrialized nations. Sociology investigates questions such as how such patterns of interdependent activity originate and what sustains them, why they take one shape instead of another, how some societies change more rapidly than others, how groups are related to each other, and how people justify and explain what they are doing.
The Sociology Department offers a major in sociology with either a traditional concentration or a concentration in criminology. Both concentrations require students to take a broad survey course which introduces them to the field of sociology. The Department also offers minors in both criminology and sociology.
If you major in sociology with a traditional concentration, you'll develop skills necessary to analyze a variety of contemporary social issues such as multiculturalism, globalization, race relations, and unequal access to medical care. You will learn how sociologists do research and how to do research yourself. Sociology will challenge you to see the world with new eyes.
As a sociology major, you'll be required to complete an internship as part of the major. Your faculty advisor will work closely with you to identify your long-term career plans to find an internship placement that helps you gain real-world experience that supports your goals. In the past, students have interned in a wide range of settings including: state-level offices of child and family services, educational program evaluation projects, prison case worker offices, police departments, and law firms.
Graduating with either sociology or criminology concentration, you will be ready for a variety of sociology-related fields as well as for graduate school. Sociology provides a great foundation for almost any interest or profession.