Professors – Ray Hutchison, Harvey J. Kaye
Associate Professor – Andrew Austin (chair)
Sociology is the systematic study of social organization and social life. Sociologists use scientific and humanistic approaches to explain and understand social behavior and social systems. Topics include family, crime and punishment, gender, race and ethnicity, social class, collective behavior, and power.
Sociology students learn a variety of research methods (such as ethnography and survey research) and social theories that may be used to study both large-scale and small-scale patterns of social relationships, as well as the processes by which these patterns change. A minor in Sociology will provide additional breadth of perspective for students with interdisciplinary majors in Urban and Regional Studies, Democracy and Justice Studies, Human Development, and Business Administration. It also provides good preparation for students going on to graduate work in programs such as sociology, social work, history, urban studies, and other interdisciplinary social science programs.