Mission & Values
Sociology is the study of social life. It focuses on the interaction between human groups and societal institutions from social relationships within family units in preindustrial cultures to those within large, bureaucratic institutions in major industrialized nations. As one of largest and most diverse departments on campus, we pride ourselves on celebrating our many backgrounds, experiences & different ways of thinking. What binds us together is the desire to make the world a better place by understanding how society works and helping solve problems.
Our major’s three concentrations inherently attract students with a wide range of interests, experience and perspectives on the world, which creates a unique and richly diverse learning environment. Our students get used to working with people who are a little bit–or sometimes very–different than themselves, a very useful life and professional skill.