The Department of Sociology will not accept the normalization of hate directed towards members of our community who are undocumented, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, Muslims and other religious minorities, immigrants, the differently abled, women, or express other forms of diversity. We have seen firsthand the anxiety and fear among some of our students related to the 2016 election.
As sociologists, we stand steadfast against all forms of bigotry and hate. The Faculty of the Department of Sociology choose to serve as agents of hope and inclusiveness and to preserve the gains that have made our society more equal and more accepting of diversity. Our offices are safe havens for anyone experiencing offenses against their person and our classrooms are safe spaces for discussion of the current political climate and how to organize against and resist negative impacts.
About the Department
Our Sociology Department consists of eight full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, several part time faculty, and administrative staff. We offer a baccalaureate degree and a minor degree in sociology as well as certificates in applied sociological research and administration & leadership for community benefit organizations. We have a focus on inequality and social justice and emphasize "public sociology" in which "sociologists engage a public beyond the academy, bringing their tools and expertise to dialogue on issues affecting society as a whole."
The vision of the Department of Sociology is to establish a departmental reputation for producing graduates who are prepared for life in a diverse society, possess an understanding of sociological research and a sociological imagination that emphasizes critical analyses of the relationships between individual actions and social structures, and are ready to participate as skilled professionals within the institutions and organizations that shape our region, our nation, and the world.
The mission of the Department of Sociology is to provide students with an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives in sociology, knowledge about and the ability to use sociological concepts in the analysis of social phenomena, opportunities to develop critical thinking as well as written and oral communication skills utilizing a sociological perspective, an understanding of socio-cultural diversity within and among societies, and qualitative and quantitative research skills including the appropriate use of computer technology.