Undergraduate Offerings

Our program equips students with a diverse skill set, including research proficiencies, analytical expertise, problem-solving and critical thinking abilities.

We offer a Bachelor of Arts, which can be an effective stepping-stone on your way to a number of professional careers, including business, law, government, medical, teaching, and more. Our Sociology Minor and Medical Sociology Minor are great ways for students majoring in other areas to effectively round-out their skill set.

We also have a Markets & Management Certificate Program, which draws upon a variety of disciplines and provides an innovative, liberal arts approach to business education.

Featured Courses

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SOCIOL 215

Examines social history of major racial groups in the US and relationships to contemporary standing. Discusses central concepts sociologists use to analyze racial matters. Central theme: "racism" is… read more about Sociology of Racism in America »

SOCIOL 219

The concept and measurement of delinquency and status offending; trends and patterns in the delinquency rate. Theoretical models used to explain the onset of delinquent behavior; environmental and… read more about Juvenile Delinquency »

Ph.D. Program

Our highly competitive Ph.D. program provides an intensive program of study, a supportive research environment, and the opportunity to learn the craft of scholarship from our productive and diverse faculty. We believe in fostering an inclusive environment where differences are respected, valued and integrated into every facet of the graduate experience. Through our commitment to diversity, we have an atmosphere conducive to high quality education and research that supports the broad spectrum of differences of our students, faculty and staff. 

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Joshua Doyle
Research & Teaching Interests

Social Psychology, Culture and Action, Environmental Problems, Social Trust, Cooperation

Brent Curdy
Research & Teaching Interests

Survey Methods, Experiments with Human Subjects, Cross-Cultural Surveys, Identity theory, and Social Problems

Lauren Valentino
Research & Teaching Interests

Culture and Cognitive Sociology; Inequality and Stratification; Race, Class, and Gender; Mixed Methods

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Ph.D. Program National Rank
#15
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Best Colleges to Study Sociology
#7
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Degrees & Certificates
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Our Research

Our department’s research is focused in six key “clusters” – which provide unique insights into people, institutions and social phenomena. Each of these areas is supported and led by our talented faculty – many of whom covers multiple research areas – who bring their own distinctive approach to the topics.

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Selected Faculty Books

Biodemography of Aging: Determinants of Healthy Life Span and Longevity
Anatoliy Yashin, Eric Stallard, and Kenneth C. Land
A Gedenkschrift to Randy Hodson: Working with Dignity
Lisa A. Keister and Vincent J. Roscigno (editors)