Sociology is a field that studies basic human and social processes in the context of the complex realities of a rapidly changing world. Sociologists investigate many important and fascinating questions. Especially with the notable increase in diversity in our society and the fast-moving realities of a globalizing world, the breadth of knowledge and perspective provided by majoring in sociology has been looked upon favorably by employers in many fields. Sociologists are trained to study many aspects of social life: issues of peace and war; labor force and corporate downsizing; gender, work and the family; crime and delinquency; education reform; inequality and medical sociology. The department encourages interaction between students and faculty by offering many opportunities for individualized study and research. Graduates of our program are working in many interesting jobs in research, in fields such as management and industry, health care, human resources, social work and education. Sociology is also excellent preparation for graduate school in multiple fields. In addition to pursuing doctoral study in sociology, many of our recent graduates are now in graduate school in fields like medicine, law and social work.
The Department of Sociology is nationally and internationally known for its leadership and strong programs of research and graduate education in the sociology of health and medicine and the sociology of age and the life course. Our undergraduate program also offers concentrations in crime and delinquency, gender and family, health and aging, and social inequality. Many sociology majors have the opportunity to participate in research projects and other field-based learning experiences, both through activities built into regular course experiences, and by working on ongoing faculty research projects. The Department has a long history of combining leadership in research with a friendly, student-centered culture, for both graduate and undergraduate students.
Date posted: May 8th, 2015
Dr. Brian Gran co-authored an article with Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney entitled “Battling Digital Monsters.” The article was featured in Huffington Post / HuffPost Live on May 4, 2015. Click here to read the full article.
Date posted: April 14th, 2015
Date posted: February 12th, 2015
Just released February 2015!!!!!
On Becoming a Teen Mom. Life before Pregnancy by Mary Erdmans and Timothy Black. University of California Press.
In this myth-shattering book, the authors tell the life stories of 108 brown, white, and black teen mothers, exposing the problems in their lives often overlooked in pregnancy prevention campaigns. Some stories are tragic and painful, marked by sexual abuse, partner violence, and school failure. Others depict “girl next door” characters whose unintended pregnancies lay bare insidious gender disparities. […Read more]
Date posted: December 14th, 2013
Jennifer Karas Montez was presented with the 2013 Senior Service America Junior Scholar Award at the 66th annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. The society-wide award recognizes outstanding applied research that advances knowledge and understanding of the capabilities, contributions, challenges and concerns of disadvantaged older adults, especially those who are low-income and minority group members. […Read more]