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Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Sociology is to provide students with an understanding of the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Students are encouraged to explore their own position in and relationship to society as well as consider relevant social problems and inequalities in interpersonal, institutional and global relations. We strive to prepare graduates to become engaged citizens in an increasingly knowledge-intensive and diverse world. The Department of Sociology offers undergraduate majors in sociology and sociology/psychology as well as minors in sociology, social work, and gerontology.

The mission of the Sociology Department is also intricately tied to the mission of the university in that the department engenders a life-long respect and enthusiasm for learning (Goal 4) by

  • Offering general education courses that encourage students to critically analyze their often taken-for-granted social world.

  • Offering major courses in social theory and social scientific methods that provide students with sociological insights and skills that can by used to analyze the society of which they are a part.

Additionally, the department ensures that learning extends beyond the classroom (Goal 6) by

  • Providing internship experiences within a variety of social service agencies and organizations serving the needs of the local community.

  • Teaching courses that address life-course concerns related to social issues and focusing on the intersections of race, class, and gender.

Also, the department helps students develop an appreciation for social diversity, an awareness of social inequality, civic engagement and responsibility, and a commitment to social justice as a means to becoming enlightened citizens (Goal 7). The department strives to prepare students by

  • Encouraging them to become educated consumers of research and statistical data.

  • Providing an understanding of existing social and economic inequities, individual and collective agency and social change as central to sociological analysis.

Moreover, the department encourages students to become successful in a technologically advanced global society (Goal 8) by

  • Requiring an expertise in computer information sciences or a foreign language.

  • Developing an understanding and knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods.


Finally, the department has a strong commitment to multiculturalism requiring a broad knowledge and understanding of culture and society, a critical understanding of multicultural perspectives and experiences as well as the emerging interdependencies among members of the global community. The department seeks and values diversity (Goal 11) by

  • Teaching courses that examine society as a whole and examining cross-cultural issues within societies.

  • Serving on university and local committees contributing to and demonstrating an active appreciation for diversity.