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Department of Sociology

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    What is Sociology?

    We study the key divisions of society: class, race, gender, and sexuality. For instance: how does poverty endure amidst the vast creation of wealth?

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    Join the Sociology Club

    The Sociology Club offers students an opportunity to network with other students, engage in professional development, and to contribute to the betterment of the department, the campus, and the community.

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    Intermountain Social Research Lab (IMSRL)

    In a yearlong intensive research training program, faculty guide a small group of undergraduate students through developing and executing all aspects of an original research project, from inception to dissemination.

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    Careers in Sociology

    Whatever your motivations for completing a major or minor in the sociology department, keeping career plans mind will help you get the most out of your education.

Sociology enables us to make the connections between biography and history, between personal troubles and social problems.

We study personal interaction and organizational behavior, economic inequality and political oppression. Our subject is the conduct of peoples and of nations, at both the micro and macro level, in a globalized world.

Our mission is to cultivate the “sociological imagination.” We help students develop the analytic and communications skills that will serve them well as they pursue careers throughout the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Why Study Sociology, Social Science, and Ethnic Studies?

  • You want to better understand the cultures and social structures of societies throughout history.
  • You want to better understand the nature, causes and consequences of the inequalities and oppressions associated with race, class, gender, sexuality, age and ability.
  • You want to know more about the economy, family, government, religion, media, and the environment – all at once.
  • You want to acquire the methodological skills necessary to conduct scholarly research.
  • You want a career in the social services, marketing, teaching, community organizing, research, law enforcement, counseling, non-profit management, corrections, or one of many other fields.
  • You want to apply for graduate school, including programs in the social sciences, public administration, education and law.
  • You want to acquire skills and insights that will make you a better member of your family, community and nation.
  • You want to better understand yourself, and your place in the world.