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The first wisdom of sociology is this: Things are not what they seem.

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Sociology club STEP
Student presentation
Student presentation.
Sociology student in front of church
Sociology student in front of church.
Student project on Occupy
Student project on Occupy
Sociology career panel
Sociology career panel

Students who study sociology will understand the individual's place in larger social and historical processes and be able to use, convey, and critique the frameworks, methods, and sensibilities of sociology to enhance active and critical citizenship in a globalized world.

As part of this mission, we encourage students to seek a just, free, and egalitarian society. That search requires disciplined inquiry, analysis, and research. Our overarching goal is for students to develop what C. Wright Mills called a "sociological imagination." As such, we aim for students to critically examine social structures and inequalities, make links between the personal and political in order to comprehend the impact of social forces on lived experience, and envision alternative futures at both the local and global level. Utilizing intersectional analysis, students come to understand and challenge interlocking systems of oppression and privilege based on race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and national origin.

With a strong foundation in classical and contemporary theory, students come to apply sociological frameworks and concepts to their everyday lives and to "real world" social problems. We motivate students to consider social theories and social policies in terms of their implications for social change and social justice. Through critical comprehension of research methodologies and published sociological research, including the ethical and political aspects of various methods, students learn to formulate and carry out solid independent research and to communicate the results. Finally, we strive to instill in our students the importance of clear and polished writing and effective public speaking in all of their learning endeavors from the theoretical, epistemological, methodological, and substantive investigations undertaken in and outside of class, to their more concrete, action-oriented engagement in the wider community. 

Sociology Department Learning Outcomes

Students will have the ability to:

  1. Analyze critically social practices, structures, and inequalities
  2. Discuss and differentiate major sociological theories, frameworks and traditions
  3. Formulate, conduct, and communicate independent social research
  4. Connect sociological analysis to practical social action
SOC Dept S13 Graduation

Members of the Sociology Department, Graduation Spring 2013