Sociology

Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor

Sociologists seek to understand how individuals interact with and are shaped by institutions, organizations, and cultures. They investigate the underlying forces to show us the ways in which many of our personal troubles are rooted in larger social problems.

The Curriculum

Gain perspective on a personal and global scale

You will receive rigorous theoretical and methodological training, gaining meaningful insights for understanding all levels of society—from the intimate micro-interactions of everyday life to the macro-dynamics of globalization.

Produce sociological knowledge

There are two required research method courses. Your professors will provide one-on-one mentorship while you conduct research on topics of your choice. You can then expand your projects into research papers and go on to present at local, regional, and national conferences.

Experience that matters—and makes a difference

Travel seminars and local field trips expose you to cultural diversity and transnational communities. This broadens your analytical perspectives and develops cross-cultural skills. In the Applied Sociology course, you will apply your knowledge and skills to solve social issues that are relevant to your internship with a non-profit organization or government agency.

A broad range of elective courses

Explore specific interests through elective courses covering topics such as:

  • Gender
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Deviance in U.S. Society
  • Religion and Culture
  • Sexuality
  • Popular Culture
  • Families and Intimate Relationships
  • Immigration
  • Medical Sociology

Programs

Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor.

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The Experience

An International Perspective

The Japan Travel Seminar gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese society and culture for two weeks. This kind of international perspective is invaluable to their studies.

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Understanding the Role of Culture

A visit to a Thai Buddhist temple as part of the Immigration in a Global Age course helped students to understand how local Thai culture thrives and connects with the society around it.

I learned about many of the struggles Thai immigrants are faced with as well as how strong they maintain their ethnic identities through their annual Thai festival, which I also attended. It was a beautiful experience that I will never forget.

Raquel Wreckhurst '16

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Your Future

Graduates are able to effectively evaluate social issues and understand social change. They employ the critical perspective and research skills they learned as sociology majors and feel empowered to make positive contributions in an increasingly diverse and global society.

Our alumni are well prepared for graduate study and professional work in sociology, social work, law, public health, non-profit management, teaching, and other fields that require the ability to think ethically and critically about a wide range of key issues.

Our alumni study at:

  • Duke University
  • Oslo College
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • George Mason University
  • University of Denver
  • University of Barcelona
  • Boise State University
  • University of Denver

They work for:

  • Aimee Anderson Autism Center
  • Barrio Logan College Institute
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Child Protective Services
  • University of San Diego
  • World Teach
  • Adolescent Counseling Services
  • Center for Infant-Parent Development

They work as:

  • Behavioral Therapist
  • College Success Coordinator
  • Employment Specialist
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Clinic Administrator
  • Counselor
  • Interventionist
  • Child Care Worker
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