About Sociology


The goals of the Department of Sociology includes promoting outstanding research, teaching, practical experience and applied opportunities, technical expertise, globalization, and service and community outreach.

Areas of Expertise

We are a comprehensive department with particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Social Inequality - studies of gender, race, class, and social movements
  • Institutions and Organizations - studies of religion, family, education, economy, and medicine
  • Comparative Social Change - studies of community, development, globalization, and quality of life
  • Deviance and Social Psychology - studies of mental health, marginality, small-group interaction, social identities, and changing belief patterns
  • Methodology - studies incorporating qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as the latest technology for teaching and research


All of our activities are conducted in accord with our values:

  • Integrity - at all times
  • Diversity - inclusion of everyone regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability
  • Community - of scholars, teachers, and people
  • Compassion - toward everyone
  • Excellence - commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service
  • Creativity - utilizing creative and innovative solutions to all challenges
  • Collaboration - with colleagues and students inside and outside the department and University