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College 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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Requirements for the Sociology Major:

Complete 1 or 2.

Option 1

General sociology major:


A maximum of eight internship credits in SOC 421 may be counted toward the major with the approval of the faculty in the discipline.


a maximum of six internship credits in SOC 421 may be counted toward the emphasis.