The objective of the sociology and social justice program is to provide students with both a theoretical and practical understanding of the discipline of sociology and the interdisciplinary field of social justice. One comprehensively designed program will prepare students for graduate studies and develop in them practical skills for involved citizenship at the local, state, national, and even global level. Constructive approaches to the pressing issues of identity, equality, resource distribution, diversity, and environmental sustainability will be explored at the personal, governmental, and societal levels. The core question of the program is: How are democracy, equality, environmental protection, and sustainability to be achieved? Students in the program are strongly encouraged to take advantage of experiential opportunities through internships, volunteer opportunities, travel-study, and community justice work.
Students completing the program will have developed skills in critical analysis, conflict resolution, various social science research methods, writing, public presentations, and socially responsible citizenship. The strong emphasis on theory and research methods ensures that graduates will be well qualified for graduate studies in a variety of fields.