The department offers a rigorous liberal arts education with attention to writing skills and numeracy, hands-on research exposure and practice, as well as opportunities for out-of classroom, experiential learning. The curriculum ensures students learn to interrogate social issues by applying sociological frameworks and to generate innovative responses and interpretations of complex social issues. Courses are organized around five areas of concentration including: Culture and Cities, Criminology and Sociology of Law, Gender and Family, Migration and Ethnicity, and Economy, Politics and Society.
A central goal of the program is to ensure that students acquire transferable skills such as strong written and oral presentations skills, the ability to evaluate competing arguments and assess evidence, to design a research proposal, and to identify and apply qualitative and quantitative research methods. Transferable skills are acquired through course work. The department offers a variety of topic-specific c-level writing intensive courses. The department also offers two c-level research practicums (SOCC23, SOCC31) and a d-level capstone course (SOCD50), each of which offers course-based opportunities for acquiring research skills and conducting original research.
The Specialist Program in Sociology is intended to provide the professionally oriented student with background preparation of sufficient breadth and depth to pursue specialized training at the graduate level.
The Major Program in Sociology provides students with a thorough education in the theories, methods and substantive areas that comprise the field of sociology.
The Minor Program in Sociology provides a course structure for students majoring or specializing in other disciplines who want some directed exposure to sociological thought.