Welcome to the Sociology Department!

Programs Offered

The Department of Sociology offers a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Sociology.

Sociology club membersSociological research attempts to improve the human condition within the context of a strong tradition of social justice and human equality. Society shapes attitudes, goals, hopes and aspirations, and personal preferences. Society affects individuals, groups, and entire nations. Yet at the same time that society is shaping the individual, the individual is shaping society. In order to understand oneself and others, to understand the world, to understand the future, one has to understand society. Sociology is the discipline that studies groups and societies—what they are, how they got that way, and what impact they have.

Internship ClassSociology is a field with diverse areas of study. These range from the behavior of the individual as a social actor to the structure of entire societies. Key topics include social psychology, socialization, deviant behavior, group behavior, organizations and institutions, power, inequality, and social change. Major social institutions, including the family, education, religion, social welfare, medicine, work, politics, leisure, and the media, are also explored in detail. To develop skills for studying society, students are introduced to valuable techniques such as survey research, sampling, observational methods, content analysis, experimentation, interviewing, and computer applications in research.





C. Wright Mills Award 
for Sociological Imagination
2013-2014 Award
Submission Deadline: 
Monday, April 28, 2013, 5:00 pm 


Sociology Summer Session 2014 Courses

 Summer Session I
SOCI 480: Methods Seminar: Sociology of Work
Instructor: Cindy Stearns
Credit: 4 Units
11 mtgs: M-Th, May 27-Jun 12, 8am-noon + online

SOCI 375: Sociological Theory (GE Area D1)
Instructor: James Dean
Credit: 4 Units
11 mtgs: M-Th, May 27-Jun 12, 1-5pm + online
 Summer Session II
 SOCI 326: Social Psychology (GE Area D1)
Instructor: Melinda Milligan
Credit: 4 Units
12 mtgs: M-Th, Jul 14-31, 8am-noon + online
SOCI 317: Emotions and Adult Life (GE Area E)
Instructor: Melinda Milligan
Credit: 4 Units
12 mtgs: M-Th, Jul 14-31, 1-5pm + online 
SOCI 431: Sociology of Religion (GE Area C2)
Instructor: James Preston
Credit: 4 Units
16 mtgs: M-Th, Jul 14-Aug 7, 6-9:45pm

See the School of International and Extended Education website for additional information: http://www.sonoma.edu/exed/intersession/