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What is sociology?

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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Sociology department news

Alumna Holly Jeffcoat

Alumna Holly Jeffcoat

06/12/2018

Holly Jeffcoat is named Dean of SMU Libraries.

Faculty and students present research

Faculty and students present research

06/07/2018

Students and faculty will present at the 24th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM).

PhD Candidate Kristen Koci

PhD Candidate Kristen Koci

06/06/2018

PhD candidate Kristen Koci wins best oral presentation award at the Break the Cycle of Health Disparities Conference at Emory University.

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