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Department of Sociology

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Why study sociology?

Sociology investigates the social institutions and processes that shape human behavior, histories, and opportunities.

Undergraduate Programs

The department educates sociologists for careers in teaching, research, and some applied fields. Undergraduate course work in sociology can contribute to professional training in architecture, business, education, journalism, law, medicine, public health, and social work.

Why study sociology?

Sociology investigates the social institutions and processes that shape human behavior, histories, and opportunities.

Graduate Programs

The department offers a full graduate program in sociology leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, educating sociologists for careers in teaching and research and for fields of practical application. It also contributes to professional education in such fields as social welfare, social policy, architecture, education, journalism, personnel administration, business, and medicine. Aside from professional interests, the department offers instruction to assist students in deepening their understanding of social relations and, hence, of the social context of their own lives.

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