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Professors: Leung, Mohammad, Thomas; Associate Professors: Curch (Chair), Fulkerson, Lowe; Assistant Professors: Lavin, Seale; Lecturers: Applin, Brissette, Curch, Gedmintas, Koonz, Mills, Small, Smith-Thomas


The Sociology Department offers three major programs of study as well as four minors.

The Department offers a Sociology major with two tracks—Liberal Arts and Human Services Preprofessional. The Liberal Arts program is a traditional Sociology major centered on understanding and explaining problems defined by classical traditions of sociology. Courses are primarily chosen from Sociology offerings and provide the basis for a true liberal arts education.

The Human Services Preprofessional program is a track within the Sociology major, but it provides a wider study of human behavior suited to students interested in human services professions. This program includes courses offered from Psychology and an internship experience.

The Criminal Justice major prepares students for a career or further study in criminal justice. The program’s emphasis is on understanding criminal behavior and its consequences. Students take courses as introductory sociology, criminal justice, criminology, social theory and research methodology as well as course work chosen from a list which includes a variety of sociology electives in the general area of criminal justice.

The Gerontology Studies major utilizes the body of knowledge in sociology as well as psychology, anthropology, and human ecology to develop theoretical frameworks for the study of aging. Students take core courses in sociology as well as courses focusing on the study of aging in sociology and other departments.

The Sociology Department offers minors to provide students in all disciplines with exposure to the central themes of sociological study. The department offers a minor in Criminal Justice, Gerontology Studies, Sociology, and Community and Environment.

Transfer credit in the major for standard Sociology courses from accredited two and four year institutions is generally approved if there is equivalency to departmental courses. Transfer credit for Sociology upper-level electives taken at another college without equivalency to a departmental course listed below may be approved for credit in the major after review. New course options may be added; check departmental office for latest program information.

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The Department offers a variety of options to help students further develop research and professional skills. These include opportunities for independent study, research assistantship, teaching assistantship, and field experience (internship). Department faculty encourage and support student involvement in these activities.

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