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.


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WSU Sociology E-News will connect what’s happening with our alumni to what is happening in today’s sociology department.
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Sociology Professor Jennifer Schwartz has been selected to receive the 2014 College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching and/or Mentoring Award.

Sociology Professor Monica Johnson has been awarded an Honors College Distinguished Professorship.

Looking Behind The Numbers: For WSU Vancouver Sociology Professor Clayton Mosher, social-justice research depends on making connections. (pdf)

In Motion: Jennifer Schwartz investigates female and white-collar crime.

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




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