Department Chair


The Department of Sociology is a vibrant academic community devoted to the pursuit of the common good through the use of critical thinking skills. Sociology faculty, students, and alumni make a difference in their world through civic engagement at the local, regional, national, and international levels. We believe in the use of public sociology to renew continually the communities and worlds in which we live. We are committed to working toward a more just and compassionate world through our teaching, learning, research, and civic engagement. The Department prepares students to be critical observers and engaged participants in the social world. We are committed to teaching, mentoring, advising, and engaging in collaborative research with students. Through these relationships, the Department develops in students the requisite skills for engaged citizenship as well as professions and careers that employ sociological insight. The program emphasizes preparation for graduate-professional studies and employment in sociology, mass communications, criminal justice, law, health professions, education, environmental policy, urban planning and community organizing, community development, human services, and the business world.

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“The fascination of sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a

new light the very world in which we have lived all our lives”

--Peter Berger


"The sociological imagination is a quality of mind that seems most dramatically to

 promise an understanding of the intimate realities of ourselves

in connection with larger social realities"

--C. Wright Mills


"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in

various ways; the point is to change it"
--Karl Marx




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