Sociology connects the individual to society. It explores how individuals are shaped by the societal environment in which they live. Sociology links biography with history linking the individual (micro) to larger social spheres: community (meso); nation (macro); and the international (global).
Providing our students with opportunities and the expectation to be active learners fully engaged in exploring our most important societal issues, including social justice, aging, and criminology.
Majors, Minors, and Thematic Sequences
The Department of Sociology and Gerontology offers several options to our undergraduate students.
- Organizational Leadership
- Social Justice Studies
- Pre-Professional Minor in Sociology
- Minor in Applied Sociological Research
- Minor in Criminology
- Health and Aging Practice, Policy, and Administration
- Leadership and Innovation in an Aging Society
- Social Justice and Inequalities Minor
- Crime, Law, and Social Justice Minor
- Applied Social Science Methods
- Sociological Perspectives on Inequality
- Sociological Perspectives on Criminality and Deviance
- Gender and Family Studies
- Medical Sociology
- Aging in Diverse Contexts
- Health and Aging
- Social Justice and Inequalities
- Crime, Law, and Social Justice
As a social science, Gerontology focuses on the social construction, meanings, and implications of the aging experience. It integrates knowledge from diverse fields including anthropology, demography, economics, family studies, epistemology and public health, human development, political science, psychology, social work, public policy, and sociology.
Social Justice explores the ideals of justice, the realities of injustice, and practical solutions to bridge the gap between the two. In your studies, you'll examine a broad range of issues including economic justice, environmental justice, criminal justice, and fundamental human rights as well as assess solution sets to address social inequalities.
Organizational Leadership Major
The Organizational Leadership major allows students to apply sociological, psychological, and political science theories and methods to real world organizational problems. The major is designed to maximize graduates' ability to flexibly adapt to today's continually shifting job requirements, emerging technologies, and new ways of working and collaborating in a dynamic economy.
- MGT 211: Introduction to Management for Non-business Majors
- PSY 111: Introduction to Psychology
- PSY 221: Social Psychology
- SOC 153: Sociology in a Global Context
- SOC 262: Research Methods
- SOC 340: Internship
- STA 261: Statistics
- ORG 354: The Social Dynamics of Strategy and Leadership
- ORG 361: Innovation in Organizations
- ORG 471: Organizational Leadership Capstone