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Department of Sociology
Welcome to Sociology. Sociology is a fascinating and widely applicable field which teaches how to think about the way people create, maintain and are affected by social forces.

Critical thinking, problem-solving, written communication, oral communication and interpersonal skills are all cultivated by studying sociology.  We are a department that is excited about the opportunities that sociology has for students and welcome you to explore the world through a sociological perspective.

We are pleased to introduce you to our department. Please take the time to browse our website and learn about us!

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Undergraduate Academic Advising


Fall Term Drop-In Advising Hours

Monday-Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Kris Lucht Adams -

Recent Faculty Achievements:

Akiko Hashimoto, Visiting Faculty from University of Pittsburgh, "Something Dreadful Happened in the Past: War Stories for Children in Japanese Popular Culture." The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol. 13, Issue 30. No. 1. July 27, 2015

Akiko Hashimoto, Vising Faculty from University of Pittsburgh, "Family Matters in Japan's War Commemoration." East Asia Forum August, 2016

Daniel Jaffee, was selected for the 2015 Fred Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award for his article "A More Perfect Commodity: Bottled Water, Global Accumulation, and Local Contestation," published in Rural Sociology, 2013.

Maura Kelly, authored "When Working Hard is not enough for Female and Racial/Ethnic Minority Apprentices in the Highway Trades" published in Sociological Forum.

Lindsey Wilkinson and Jennifer Pearson. "Same Sexuality and Postsecondary Outcomes: The Role of High School Locale." Sociological Perspectives September 2015 58: 380-401, first published on March 3, 2015 doi:10.1177/073112141569283

Lindsey Wilkinson, Sociology Faculty, co-authored "When Working Hard is not enough for Female and Racial/Ethnic Minority Apprentices in the Highway Trades" pulbished in Sociological Forum.

Dara Shifrer received the Outstanding Publication award in Sociology of Disability from the ASA Section on Disability and Society for her article, "Stigma of a Label: Educational Expectations for High School Students Labeled with Learning Disabilities," Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 54(4): 462-480, 2013.

Sociology Graduate Student Organization (SGSO)

Mission: To provide opportunities for graduate sociology students to create a support network that reflects their unique needs and provide them with a voice within the sociology department. The SGSO strives to develop a support network by fostering relationships with department faculty members, and providing mentorship to incoming sociology graduate cohorts and undergraduate students, while also providing a voice through organization and participation in sociology department activities and projects. Working to build professional skills and encouraging advanced participation in department activities for its members, the SGSO is dedicated to sustaining an open and inclusive environment for all sociology graduate students. 


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