Chairperson: Tauna S. Sisco
Director of Social Work: Sara Smits Keeney
Associate Professors: Sara Smits Keeney, Tauna S. Sisco; Assistant Professors: Nihal Çelik, Kevin Doran, and Chih-Chien Huang; Lecturers: Bridget Parece-Grogan, Daniel Forbes, and Nicole Lora.
Sociology is the scientific study of human social life, groups, and societies. The study of Sociology gives the student an understanding and appreciation of the nature of society, social institutions, and people as social beings and creators of culture. Students in the major explore dimensions of social life and raise questions, synthesize information, analyze data, and present conclusions. Through systematic investigation and analysis, students gain knowledge and insight into the complex systems of relations constituting the modern world. Thus, students will be better prepared to make intelligent decisions in their own lives and to contribute more effectively to shaping society and the world.
The Sociology curriculum provides a strong, liberal arts foundation for professions in social service, government, and business as well as graduate and professional schools in education, law, and social work. Specifically, the major provides a background for pursuing further study in sociology, business, law, social work, social services, counseling, communications, and other related areas. Sociology also prepares students for employment in the public and private sectors in such areas as management, public relations, human resources, applied research, public policy, sales/marketing, administration, and teaching.