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Department of Sociology


Sociology studies the nature of humans and human behavior within society and is indispensable for an understanding of the modern world and the challenges humanity faces. It observes, records, and interprets complex social arrangements with the goal of understanding the origin, evolution, and consequences of the social behavior.
Sociology evolved from the European and American Industrial Revolution and the urbanization of western society. In this sense, it has generally identified more closely with relatively modern urbanized and often "westernized" societies, though there are exceptions. The field of Sociology contributes greatly to the present discussions in our society about policy issues such as gender/feminism, multiculturalism, affirmative action, welfare reform, genocide, religion, family arrangements, and educational reform policies. Familiarity with this discipline will equip undergraduate students with the ability to tackle the increasingly complex task of living, working, and learning in a multicultural society.

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Further Information

For questions or additional information regarding the Department of Sociology, please contact:

Greg Peter


Student Services Office