Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior. It considers how society influences individuals, and how individuals influence society. Sociologists describe and explain the actions of persons, groups, organizations, classes and entire societies. They also design and evaluate social programs and public policy. The study of sociology includes social theory, research methods, social stratification, race relations, social change, criminology, demography, sex roles, religion, social psychology and human ecology.
Sociology majors have the academic background suitable for many types of entrylevel positions. Graduates may work in government as researchers or data analysts; in business as managers, writers or editors; in social services as caseworkers, group workers or restitution officers; in public health as interviewers or demographers; in conflict resolution as mediators; or in community relations as neighborhood organizers.
The graduate program of the Department of Sociology offers solid training in the foundational theories and methods of the discipline and allows students the flexibility to pursue interests in a variety of specialty areas. The department itself is a well respected center for teaching and research, and is known for giving graduate students the ability to work with awardwinning faculty members who are regularly recognized for their research, teaching and service.
Areas of specialization include:
- environmental sociology;
- gender, criminology and deviance;
- qualitative and interpretive sociology;
- population and health.