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Sociology is the study of society. This includes how it develops, how it is structured, and how it works or does not work so well, since sociology also includes a focus on social problems. Sociologists study social problems to gain a better understanding of them in order to work toward more effective "solutions," or at least "ways forward" that might reduce suffering and increase equity. 

Undergraduate Program

We currently offer both a major and minor in sociology as well as a certificate in Law and Society and a minor in Criminal Justice. 
We also offer the sociology major with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. 

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Graduate Program

The sociology program has offered the MA degree since 1927 and a doctorate degree since 1957. Over the last two decades, the program has graduated an average of five to six masters and two to three PhD students each year. The program is respected and growing in its national reputation.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 12, 3:00 pm, Huntsman Hall

Dr. Gary E. Machlis, of Clemson University, discusses the politics of science

 In this public lecture, Dr. Gary E. Machlis will discuss how politics and science are interrelated much more deeply than they first might appear, and what the consequences are for students, researchers, and society.
Now, more than ever, the influence of politics upon science is increasing, with significant implications for scientists, scientific careers, research universities, the scientific community, and society at large.

Wednesday, February 13,  3:00 pm |  Huntsman Hall

Lecture, book reading, and signing with Dr. Gary E. Machlis

Dr. Machlis, will present a public lecture on 'The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water,' reading from the book. Books will be available for sale as well as signing after the lecture.

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