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The Department of Sociology offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with concentrations in Crime and Criminal Justice, Social Justice and Social Inequality, Family and Social Relationships, and Population Studies. In addition, the Department offers two Master of Arts degrees in Urban Affairs and Criminal Justice.

Sociology Field

The field also offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: street crime and delinquency, corporate downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare or education reform, how families differ and flourish, or problems of peace and war. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs. Sociologists understand social inequality, patterns of behavior, forces for social change and resistance, and how social systems work.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the sociology department is to increase the understanding of social behavior by promoting original research and teaching individuals the principles and methodologies of sociology.

1. Prepare students to deal with social problems & issues by:

  • Understanding scientific principles of social life
  • Gaining skills in critical thinking, research & data interpretation
  • Gaining practical experience through internships
  • Applying scientific principles to social problems

2. Support and encourage students to develop their full potential and achieve excellence.

3. Execute research to contribute to new knowledge.

4. Serve as an interface between the theoretical university and the pragmatically oriented community.

5. Respond to a dynamically changing society by developing innovative programs to meet the changing needs.