Sociology is a diverse social science that brings both qualitative and quantitative/scientific methods to bear on understanding human and group or institutional behavior. The focus is on understanding the impact of social, cultural or interactional contexts on behavior (i.e., it's an "environmental" science that looks at how contextual factors guide or structure the choices people and groups make).
- Degrees & Offerings
Sociology majors are strongly encouraged to find an opportunity for experiential learning outside the classroom. Majors should consider doing independent research or taking our upper level research courses and then presenting their work in an on-campus forum or at a conference. The faculty are also involved individually in research and welcome the opportunity to involve motivated and diligent students in their work.
The sociology program has close ties with the Center for Community Research and Consulting, which provides numerous opportunities every year for undergraduates to get involved in diverse applied sociological research projects.
Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (URSCA) awards provides summer stipend support to students participating in summer research, scholarship, or creative activities. Students can receive a maximum stipend of up to $6,000 for a full-time project during the 12 weeks of summer session.
Sociology majors, particularly those less interested in research, are encouraged to consider internships during their junior or senior year, especially for students that are not planning on pursuing graduate study in sociology. Interns get placement in a wide variety of settings based on future career interests.
Possible sociology internship areas
- criminal justice
- social services
- public school settings
In consultation with the faculty internship supervisor and the supervisor at the internship site, we aim to make sure the student has a rewarding and enriching experience and one in which the tools of the sociological perspective are employed.