The Sociology curriculum emphasizes critical examination of various components of society. The purpose of the curriculum is to increase students’ social awareness and their abilities to employ a sociological perspective to interpret social institutions and behavior. Sociology includes the study of interpersonal interactions, groups, organizations, and societies through the application of theoretical approaches and the use of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Sociology courses are directly relevant to many contemporary issues, including murder and violent crime, domestic violence, global warming, alcohol and drug abuse, popular culture, and changes in the family. The department offers groups of courses in several areas, including social institutions, the environment, crime and deviance, popular culture, family, and diversity and social inequalities.