The Department of Sociology offers a wide variety of courses in sociology and criminal justice. Courses help students understand the unique approaches to human behavior of these disciplines, while complementing and strengthening a liberal arts education. Courses within the department prepare students for graduate school and professional degree programs in law, medicine, criminal justice, social work, public health, and other fields as well as careers in such areas as human services, marketing, public administration, and human resources. The critical thinking and communication skills students develop can be applied in many sectors of employment including nonprofits, government, and business.
Through the sociology major and minor, students gain an understanding of the social world and how to bring about social change. Sociology students learn about important sociological concepts such as racial, gender and social class inequality, the influence of culture and social structure on individual and group behavior, globalization, and social institutions including religion, medicine, and the family. Students receive a strong foundation in sociological theory, research methods, and data analysis. Sociology courses provide students with the tools necessary for a scientific understanding of social forces and how they impact our lives.
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The interdisciplinary major and minor in criminal justice provide a strong foundation for many types of graduate schools and professional careers. Courses within the program prepare students for employment in agencies such as the FBI, GBI, DEA, Homeland Security, and ICE. Classes also prepare students for graduate school and professional degree programs in fields such as law, criminology, law enforcement, and public affairs.