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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

Monday, June 10 - Friday, June 14, 2019

Bennion Teachers’ Workshop: “Forward Out of Darkness: Gender, Media, and Suffrage in the United States”

The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. From the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 to the opening of the ballot boxes to women in 1920, women deftly showed their knowledge that access to and control of the media was power. Using media as a lens through which to view the struggle for suffrage, the 2019 Bennion Teachers’ Workshop will consider past suffrage struggles within the context of today’s struggles for voting rights and women’s rights.

Check the Bennion Teachers' Workshop website for event and registration information. 

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm |  David B. Haight Alumni House 

C. Tanner Foundation symposium – Race, Health, and Disparity: Historical Cases and Contemporary Challenges

A day-long symposium on the topic of race and health disparities past and present. Includes panel presentations and a keynote by Prof. Joseph P. Gone (Harvard Medical School and Department of Anthropology). Sponsored by the O. C. Tanner Foundation with support from the College of Education and Human Services, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences/Extension, Quinney College of Natural Resources, Latinx Cultural Center, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, Department of History, and Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. Free and open to the public.

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