Sociology is the analytical study of human groups and societies. In John Walton’s classic terms, “Sociology explores the determinants if individual and collective behavior that are not given in our psychic or biological makeup, but fashioned in the broader arena of social interaction” (Walton 1990: 5). More precisely the according to the American Sociological Association, Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports.” (See

  • SOC 204: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 205: Social Institutions and Social Change
  • SOC 206: Social Problems and Issues
  • SOC 145: Special Topics in Sociology
  • SOC 208: Sociology of Sport
  • SOC 210: Marriage and the Family
  • SOC 213: Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 198/298: Independent Studies in Sociology

Course Descriptions

Applications: What I can I do with sociology degree? Does sociology have any practical relevance to our everyday lives?
An undergraduate sociology major provides valuable insights into social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class that affect work and how organizations operate. Developing a sociological perspective is advantageous for working in today's diverse, multiethnic and multinational society. Thus, a degree in sociology is an excellent springboard for entering public relations, local, State or Federal Government, health sector, business, non-Government Organization working in the United states or overseas.

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Kassahun Kebede, PhD
Ph.D. in Anthropology, 2012, Syracuse University
M.A. in Social Anthropology, 2001, Addis Ababa University.
B.A. in Sociology, 1996, Addis Ababa University

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Christina Alexander, Professor Emeritus
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, 1993;
M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, 1998, Marylhurst College

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Sharon Smith, PhD
BA, Sociology (with honors) - California State University
MA, Sociology -University of Kentucky
MA, Library Science, University of Kentucky
Ph.D., Education - Oregon State University

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