Department of Sociology If you wonder why people are the way they are, you will enjoy sociology. For sociology is the study of group behavior and attitude. The “group" you study can be: °a small social network such as friends or family °demographic categories such as race, gender, or income level °affiliations such as politics or religion °group memberships, whether formal or informal, legal or illegal °towns, states, nations - or even the entire globe Through sociology, you will develop a greater appreciation for the diversity of human experience, and understand more about the social forces that shape the world around you - and your own life. Because sociology covers so many areas of human experience, a sociology degree is extremely versatile. Graduates work in such diverse fields such as public and private service agencies, criminal justice, marketing, research, business consulting . . . anything that involves the understanding of group patterns. Students who pursue graduate-level degrees advance even further in their professional fields, or become college professors. Mission Statement The Department of Sociology is dedicated to the academic understanding and analysis of social, cultural, institutional and evolutionary aspects of human life. As our world has become increasingly complex and challenging the sociology curriculum equips students with a broader and deeper understanding of human diversity. Students are prepared for employment in the professional and private sector and pursuit of higher degree programs. The Sociology faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, professional and creative activities with the highest regard for academic expression and freedom. Students are rigorously trained in theory and research methods. There are six full time faculty members supporting 250 majors.