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Undergraduate Study

Sociology is the study of the human individual and human groups. It systematically describes and explains group behavior, the interaction of the individual with the group, and the interactions of groups with each other. Sociology offers a broad foundation for understanding human behavior and encourages the development of critical thinking.

Majors will be able to think critically, to analyze everyday events in light of larger social institutions and societal trends. Required sociology classes concern how people in different societies organize and control their societies, critical issues in sociology as they have developed through history, and statistical methods for analyzing sociological data. Students also select courses from four different areas:

  • Crime and Deviance courses focus on topics such as juvenile delinquency, crime, social deviance, mental illness, and criminal justice
  • Social Inequality courses focus on stratification in society and its effects including gender inequality, work and inequality, race and crime, and social problems.
  • People, Place and Change courses explore the organization of society, and how groups effect one other and their environment. Topics include globalization, urban places, environment and natural resources, and managing community conflict. 
  • Social Health and Well-Being courses study the health and trends in a society and their affects on the well-being of the members within that society, such as medical sociology, effective community involvement, population and society, and the sociology of aging. 
Undergraduate researchers

 

Undergraduate Program Directors

Christy Glass
Old Main 224F
(435)797-1258  
christy.glass@usu.edu 

Peg Petrzelka
Old Main 216H
(435)797-0981
peggy.petrzelka@usu.edu




Sociology Advisors

Reid Youmans - Advisor
Old Main 106    
(435)797-3883  
reid.youmans@usu.edu   

Rachael Gulbrandsen - Peer Advisor
Old Main 216
(435)797-2504

rachael.gulbrandsen@usu.edu  

Schedule an appointment

Criminal Justice Emphasis Advisors

Stephen VanGeem - Logan Campus
Old Main 224D
435) 797-7331
stephen.vangeem@usu.edu

Scott Henrie - Price Campus
451 East 400 North #CIB213
435-613-5135
scott.henrie@usu.edu

Jason Twede - Tooele Campus
jason.twede@usu.edu

 

Resources:

Degree Overview

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

Criminal Justice Emphasis Requirements

Criminal Justice Minor Requirements

Law and Society Area Studies Certificate

Independent Reading Contract