About Us

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The Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (SISS) educates students about the social processes that create, maintain, and transform our society. The major uses sociological foundations and applications as well as interdisciplinary approaches to the study of society and in teacher education training. Sociologists analyze how social institutions and social structures such as the economy, politics, education, the family, mass media, and the criminal justice system affect individuals in society. The major provides students with the skills and knowledge to navigate the social, political, economic, historical and cultural issues that build and sustain effective leadership in our complex global society. 

We have an undergraduate major degree program track: Sociology, Sociology with Concentrations in Community Change, Race and Ethnic Studies, Social Interaction and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The department offers several minor courses of study: Asian American Studies, Sociology, Sociology of Education and Women's Studies. These degree programs lead to careers in education, government and public policy, criminal justice, nonprofit organizations, marketing research, human resource management, social work, and other areas.