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The mission of the Department of Sociology is to serve its students – majors, minors and others – by developing and teaching courses and by providing learning activities designed to fulfill the department’s Program Goals:

  • Cultivate students’ understandings of human groups, organizations, communities, society and culture.
  • Develop students’ analytical and critical-thinking skills.
  • Develop students’ methodological, research and statistical skills.
  • Deepen students’ understandings of the complexities and interdependencies of social life and of relationships.
  • Promote students’ international and cross-cultural awareness.
  • Augment students’ capacities for making informed ethical judgments and decisions.
  • Provide students with opportunities for one-site field learning experiences such as internships, volunteer community service projects and research activities.
  • Prepare students for successful personal careers as well as for productive, responsible lives which serve their communities and society.

Academic Programs in the Department of Sociology



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