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Sociology is the study of how society shapes us and how we shape society. From the development of the self to the functioning of large institutions like religion and higher education, from the experiences of immigrants in a new country to the development and dissemination of movies and music, sociologists seek ways to explain the complex and fascinating links between the individuals and groups, organizations, communities, and societies in which we live.
Through research, teaching and public service, the Department of Sociology creates and disseminates sociological knowledge. As a department, we have a strong commitment to undergraduate education, and all faculty participate in the undergraduate program.
The basic principles of our undergraduate program emphasize an active, community-based approach to learning; the mastery of writing, numerical, critical thinking; and analytical skills. They also include student responsibility for learning, an emphasis on active learning and research skills, doing sociology, team learning, competence with computers, development of job skills, development of life skills, and considering the world as a classroom. These principles guide the undergraduate program in sociology as it continues to evolve.