College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Sociology







What is Sociology?

Sociology looks at society from every angle - it's the scientific study of social life. Sociology is part of the social sciences that aims at answering questions as to why and how we group together to form societies as well as the individual’s roles within society. The fundamental insight of the discipline is that the social matters; our lives are affected not only by our personal psychology, but by our place in the social world. Substantively, sociologists look at a range of issues, from inequality to human ecology, from deviance to religion, from medicine to politics. Few fields offer students (and researchers) opportunities of such breadth.


Of Interest:

Check out the Fall/Winter 2014-15 Sociology Newsletter!

    Newsletter Archives

Establishing the new environmental sociology at WSU:  Who is doing it and what makes it exciting.

Julie Kmec takes hands-on approach to teaching undergraduate research methods

Getting to really know the first-year graduate students

Where they are ten years later—Alumni Chad Smith, Marcia Gossard and Irshad Altheimer

Remembering the lives of Louis Gray and Bill Catton. 

The artistic legacy of Gene Rosa

Graduate Student Accomplishments

Undergraduate Student Awards

PhD Students on the Job Market  (including job placement updates)


William Julius Wilson
Read about WSU Department of Sociology alumnus William Julius Wilson


The WireLearn how one sociology faculty member incorporated The Wire into his classroom 



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