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The Department of Sociology addresses the intersection of social inequalities, social institutions, and social identities with the objective of creating more just institutions and equitable treatment of diverse groups. It studies the cross between social inequalities (of gender, race, class, immigration, etc.), social institutions (e.g. health, cities, media, education, religion, the arts, politics, etc.), and social identities (e.g. your sense of self, your group identity, national identity, etc.). We help students analyze how different parts make up a whole, and how individuals have agency or not to make a difference.

We prepare students for a variety of futures: in law, business, education, non-profits, medicine, marketing, government, research, and more. We take pride in our teaching, our training in theory and methods, and our commitment to serving students to become invested in social change.

To understand crime, is it better to study the criminal or the law-abiding people who surround her/him? As globalization increases, is the United States a force of moral good or one driven by self-motivated, capitalist interests, or both? To undermine racism, should we concentrate on poverty, education, or family socialization? To accomplish social change, should we utilize mass media or will that undercut our goals? When we contemplate our own identities, are we the same person across settings or are we a sum of performances driven by social context?

Sociology provides the tools to answer these and other questions.

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