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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, March 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | TSC, Sunburst Lounge

Women's Voices: Women's Votes

This event kicks off a year-long celebration of the 150th anniversary of Utah Women's Suffrage, the 100th anniversary of National Women's Suffrage; and 55th anniversary of Voting Rights Act. We invite you to read at this open mic event, a short text about women's freedom or voting rights that mean something to you. You may share an original work or a published creative or historical piece. Readings should be no longer than 5 minutes. To sign up, visit


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