Sociology is the study of group life: its characteristics, changes, causes and consequences. It combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social change, intergroup relationships, social class, environment, technology and communications, health seeking behavior, as well as social movements. The Department of Sociology offers an undergraduate degree, a minor, three certificates, and a graduate degree in sociology. The department also now offers a combined B.A./M.A. five-year program.
Studies in sociology can help to open doors to all sorts of possibilities and experiences. A Bachelor of Arts in sociology prepares students for advanced graduate work or entry into the job market with a solid career strategy and skills to back it up. The Master of Arts program provides a coherent, progressive, educational experience that prepares students for either immediate entry to a master’s level career or continued study in Ph.D. programs. The Department of Sociology’s criminology certificate offers an essential foundation for students pursuing careers in criminal justice, victim and community services, criminal law, and non-profit organizations in local and international contexts. The families and social welfare certificate provides students a foundation for understanding the complex role of families and family members at multiple levels, as well as the social systems and organizations responsible for supporting families and individuals. The health and medicine certificate provides training in the core research methodologies and theories of medical sociology, examining individual experience, institutional structures, laws and policies that affect health, and broader systems of inequality that lead to unequal rates of illness and access to care.