Apr 02, 2023  
Course Catalog 2022-2023 
Course Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Greggor Mattson, Professor of Sociology and Chair
Maurcio Betancourt, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Daphne A. John, Associate Professor of Sociology
Christie Parris, Associate Professor of Sociology (on leave 22-23)
Alicia Smith-Tran, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Veljko Vujacic, Professor of Sociology
Clovis L. White, Associate Professor of Sociology (on leave 22-23)
TBA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

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Sociology is concerned with the study of social phenomena–the self, groups, community solidarity, economic and political behavior, inequality, culture and values, social organization, institutions–in societies of various types and levels of development. The question of how groups, societies, and larger social systems change or remain the same over time frames work in the discipline. The department curriculum reflects the breadth of the discipline and, responding to the variety of student interests, addresses the educational objectives of students who wish to:

  • study for advanced degrees in sociology as preparation for careers in teaching or research;
  • apply sociology in professions such as law or urban planning;
  • apply sociology in public policy or social service agency work;
  • utilize sociology to contribute to majors in other disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, history, or political science; or
  • learn the ways in which the sociological imagination can increase and enrich one’s civic engagement.

These different objectives may suggest different courses or combinations of courses, so students thinking about majoring in the department should consult an advisor early in their decision process. Courses in many other disciplines add strength to a major in sociology. The particular pattern of courses chosen will vary, depending on the plans and interests of the student. The pattern should be worked out in close consultation with the major advisor.

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