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School of Arts and Sciences

Sociology seeks to understand all aspects of human social behavior, including the behavior of individuals and the social dynamics of small groups, institutions and societies.

Students in sociology learn about urban and rural life, family patterns and relationships, social class, social movements, crime and the criminal justice system, and contemporary social issues. A sociology major provides an intellectual background for students considering careers in law, medicine, business, consulting, education, or just about any other profession.

Major options include:

  • General sociology major
  • Criminology emphasis

The sociology minor complements other social science majors, such as psychology and political science.


Courses of Study:

  • Social Research
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Deviance
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Race and Nationality
Learning Environment


  • Gaylord Hall, one of three Doane buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places, houses Sociology faculty offices and most Sociology classrooms.
  • Lied Science and Mathematics Building is a $10.2 million, 60,000 square-foot building which features high-tech science labs and general purpose classrooms, provides an exceptional environment for study, research and interaction.
  • The Communications Building houses faculty offices, classrooms, computer labs, the library and art gallery.


The sociology program places strong emphases on:

  • Service learning, with opportunities in child protective services, policing, and corrections
  • Research - you will be encouraged to develop and present your research and ideas at regional/national undergraduate sociological symposiums
Specialized Program Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Each year, sociology students conduct a campus-wide sociological survey, with the subject varying from year to year based on the interests of the students. Students also research, prepare and write papers on topics of their choice for submission to sociology symposiums. Students have presented on such topics as marriage & family, adoption and deviance.

Student Organizations

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SOC 109 - Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC 285 - Social Research (4)
SOC 415 - Social Theory (3)
SOC 496 - Seminar in Sociology (3)
SSI 217 - Applied Statistics for Social Science (3)
SOC 215 - Introduction to Criminology (3)
SOC 305 - Complex Organizations (3)
SOC 310 - Corrections (3)
SOC 312 - Juvenile Delinquency (3)
SOC 314 - Criminal Law and Procedure (3)
SOC 230 - Social Problems (3)
PSY 230 - Social Problems (3)
SOC 336 - Social Psychology (3)
PSY 336 - Social Psychology (3)
SOC 288 - Deviance (3)
SOC 324 - Race and Nationality (3)
SOC 370 - Social Stratification (3)
SOC 421 - Sociology Internship (0-12)
PSY 219 - Addiction (3)
PSY 234 - Introduction to Counseling Theories and Techniques (3)
PSY 305 - Principles of Behavior Modification (3)
PSY 416 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY 117 - Introduction to Psychology (3)