• Major

    This major is for liberal arts students interested in the study of society, structures, social processes, and human interaction. These range from two-person interactions to relations between large social institutions to relations between nations.

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  • Minors

    • Applied Sociological Research
    • Criminology
    • Disability Studies
    • Medical Sociology
    • Social Science
    • Sociology of Business
    • Sociology of Law

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  • Thematic Sequences

    • Applied Social Science Methods
    • Sociological Perspectives on Inequality
    • Sociological Perspectives on Criminality and Deviance
    • Gender and Family Issues
    • Medical Sociology

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Social Justice Studies

  • Major

    Social Justice Studies (SJS) explores the ideals of justice, the realities of injustice, and practical solutions to bridge the gaps between the two. SJS covers a broad range of issues including economic justice, environmental justice, criminal justice, and fundamental human rights. It also covers a broad range of solution sets including policy-making, community organizing, social protest and restroative justice.

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  • Minors

    • Crime, Law, and Social Justice
    • Social Justice and Inequalities

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  • Thematic Sequences

    • Social Justice and Inequalities
    • Social Justice, Law and Crime

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Our Department

We are a community of scholars who share concern for the structure of the social world and its resultant inequalities. We specialize in the study and teaching of social stratification and social inequalities, broadly defined. We work together to create a department with different disciplinary identities, specialties, and interests. We aim to appreciate and respect one another's different research areas, research methodologies, theoretical perspectives, teaching approaches, and service contributions. We value the activist potential of the disciplines of sociology and gerontology.  We strive for engaged teaching, research and learning.