Sociology Program

Spring 2022 Senior Comprehensive Exam

Senior comprehensive exams are scheduled for Saturday, March 26th, 2022. Students can register for the comprehensive exam by signing up online. Though sign-up technically begins on February 1, students can do it sooner if they wish.

Sociology Senior Comprehensive Exam Sign-up 

Please note, the deadline date for registering for the Senior Comprehensive Exam is Friday, March 11, 2022. Students who fail to register by this date will **not** be allowed to take the comprehensive exam this Spring semester. 

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Sociology Program - Overview and Objectives

Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It investigates the structure of groups, organizations and societies, their informal development and interaction.

Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from crime to religion; from divisions of race, gender and social class to a shared belief of a common culture.

Courses such as research methods, statistics, sociological theory, computer-based social science research and social organization and demographic analysis, equip student for employment in a wide range of occupations in the public, non-profit, and private sector.

Our Objectives

  • To introduce students to a broad spectrum of sociological knowledge, including its perspective, its history and its uses.
  • To present sociology in a systematic and scholarly manner, while offering the maximum social insight and self-understanding.
  • To emphasize the applicability of sociological knowledge to everyday life.
  • To provide students with the analytical and conceptual skills needed to understand the complex social problems of today's world and to propose logical solutions.
  • To prepare students for graduate and professional school through their theory and research experience.

Sociology Careers

Opportunities include fields such as social research, the health professions, business, social service, and data processing.

Sociology is also a popular undergraduate major for students planning to further studies in such professions as law, business, education, social work and public administration.

Professional recruiters are interested in well-rounded students with good analytical and communication skills.

Dr. Christopher Gunderson
Graduate Sociology Program

Course Descriptions


Basic concepts in sociology; the nature and functioning of groups, the individual and the group; social processes; social change.


The development of human nature and personality as products of social interaction and culture.

Sociology Program Guide