Department of SOC/ANT/CRJ - Sociology

Sociology is the study of how social life and society is organized. Specifically, sociology examines the basic structure and functions of human social groups, communities, and societies. Sociologists attempt to identify the forces that hold groups together as well as those that weaken them. A major component of this study involves a thorough examination of the intersection of class, race and gender based inequality. Sociologists focus on the basic concepts of social norms, roles, and the operation of such social institutions as the family and the economy as they operate to control and shape human behavior.

At work, sociologists use observational techniques, surveys, interviews, statistical analysis, controlled experiments, and other methods to study the family, ethnic relations, schooling, social class, bureaucracy, religious movements, deviance, the elderly, and social change. UM-Flint will help build these skills. Students can choose the general program or the joint program in social science with an emphasis on sociology.

The Joint Program in Social Sciences with an emphasis in sociology is designed for students to combine sociology with geography, history, political science, or psychology. Intensive work in sociology and one other subject gives students a broad view of the social sciences as a whole while allowing for a concentration in sociology.

Graduates often continue their education in graduate or law school. Other graduates seek positions as researchers, administrators, and counselors within a wide range of employers, including federal, state, and local governments; educational institutions; social service agencies; research and testing services; management consulting firms; international organizations; museums; and historical societies.

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Larry Koch, Dr. Heather Laube, Dr. Kenneth J. Litwin, Dr. Joan Mars, Dr. Kathryn Schellenberg, Dr. Charles B. Thomas, Jr.