sociology

Sociology is the study of human social institutions and social relationships. You can explore the intricate and complex relationships of social structures in the context of real-life issues: gender, identity, poverty, communication, community, crime and criminal behavior, and more. Opportunities are available to apply quantitative and qualitative skills through research and internships.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Art of Helping FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Culture, Self, and Healing FR-SO
  • Winter
  • Spring
12, 16
Dimensions of Inequality: Social Science and Statistics SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Ethics at Work FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Global/Local Realities and Alternative Visions JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
How Do You Know What You Know? SO-SR
  • Spring
8
In Sickness and In Health FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Liberal Education in the College Bubble: Crossing the Political and Cultural Divide FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Poverty: What, Why and How SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Race and Social Change FR-SR
  • Summer
8
Race, Crime, and the Crisis of Mass Incarceration SO-SR
  • Fall
2
Research Capstone in Psychology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Food and Agriculture SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Teachings of the Tree People: Culture Matters FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The German Program: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies, and Social Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
4, 12, 16
The Making of Global Capitalism, 1500-1914 JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Therapy Through the Arts (Day) FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Therapy Through the Arts (Evening) FR-SR
  • Summer
16
Transnational Identities, Migration, and Unequal Childhoods SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Fall
2
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Winter
2
Who Do You Think You Are? SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Who Gets What?: Political Economy of Income, Wealth, and Economic Justice FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Who Gets What?: Political Economy of Race, Class and Gender FR-SO
  • Fall
16
Writing for Your Life FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Advanced Seminar in Political Economy JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Almighty God(s): Religion and Power in the Near and Middle East SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
American Frontiers: Homelands and Borderlands FR
  • Spring
16
Art of Helping FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Broke: Poverty in the U.S. Today SO-SR
  • Fall
8
Carrying Home: Latinx Worlds, Media, and Education SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Cooperatives, Direct Democracy, and Sustainable Business Enterprises SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Cycle Makers and Cycle Breakers: Transitional Studies JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
From the Earth: The History, Stories, and Social Justice of Farming in the U.S. FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Indigenous Education/Child Welfare: Laws, Policies, Lived Experience FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Introduction to Environmental Studies FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Learning, Education, Schooling FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Medicine is a Social Science: Disease, Health and Health Care SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
8
Reading and Writing LGBTQ Narratives of Resistance and Resilience FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Research Capstone in Psychology JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Social Science Approaches to Solving Environmental Problems JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Learning, Education, Schooling SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Student-Originated Studies: Walking SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The Power of the Trauma Narrative in an Intersectional World I: Impact on Bodies, Minds, and Lived Experiences FR-SR
  • Winter
8
The Social Animal FR-SR
  • Winter
16
The Social Animal FR-SR
  • Fall
16
The Social Science of Well-Being SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Spring
2
World Geography with GIS FR-SR
  • Spring
8