Sociologists study the powerful forces that shape, and are shaped by, our social world: from family and peers to immigration, globalization, and popular culture.
Developing a sociological perspective is essential for understanding the complexity of the contemporary multicultural and global social world. The department’s wide range of courses allows students to chart a major (36 credits) or minor (18 credits) that reflects their own interests while ensuring a solid foundation and methodological training. Students who major in sociology develop critical thinking and writing skills — hallmarks of the liberal arts and of sociology — that can help to make them leaders in their future professional and/or academic careers. The senior thesis capstone course allows students to engage in original research and culminates in the production of a significant piece of scholarship.