College of Performing Arts and Social Sciences


Sociology is the systematic study of the social behavior of individuals as well as the working of social groups, organizations, cultures, and societies. Study in sociology provides a scientific perspective for studying the effects of cultural and social forces on individuals, groups, and institutions.

Students who major in sociology are given the opportunity to study in the field of family and gender relations, gerontology, crime, and delinquency, as well as sociological theory, research methodology, and statistics. Graduates are prepared for positions in industry, government, private and public agencies, and in education and research organizations.

Sociology is an especially appropriate major or minor for students entering any of the helping professions. For those who wish to become professional sociologists, preparation for graduate school is available.


Shari Valentine
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Human Services, and Criminal Justice