The Department of Sociology (SOC) studies society, social interaction, social organization and the consequences of these processes by combining scientific and humanistic perspectives. Students examine a vast range of topics, from social change and class structure, to conflict and deviant behavior. Graduates are prepared to succeed as academics, researchers, service providers, leaders and good citizens in their own societies.
Major Academic Areas
- Race and Ethnicity
- Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency
- Social Problems
- Sociology of the Family
- Inequality and Social Stratification
- Medical Sociology
- Gender and Domestic Violence
- Technology and Society
- Sports and Society
- Sociology of Japan, China, and Korea
- Popular Culture
- Sociological Theories
- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
- Sociology of Asia and the Pacific, with emphasis on comparative sociology of Asia.
- Crime, law, and deviance.
- Ethnic and race relations.
- Health, aging, and medical sociology.