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Sociology is the scientific study of society and systematically examines the cultural and social factors that shape individual and group behavior. Students learn about the fundamental processes of human interaction, the forces of social inequality and social change, and critically examine society’s social institutions and social problems. The major prepares students for careers where knowledge of human relationships and/or research skills are desirable, and for graduate work in sociology and related social service fields.

Sociology will help you understand your world and share that knowledge with others. You will learn the critical skills necessary to analyze and comprehend the subtle forces that shape individual behavior as well as see yourself as a member of society and its institutions. With this knowledge, you enable yourself and others to build a more just society.

Our dedicated professors are determined to see you succeed. We offer abundant opportunities to help you develop your skills and build toward a career, including opportunities for:

  • One-on-one work with faculty members
  • Internships
  • Local and regional conferences
  • Teaching apprenticeships
  • Editorial experience on a sociology journal
  • Assisting professors with research

For more information, please email [email protected] check out our informational brochure.


Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Varner Hall Room 518
371 Varner Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
Varner, Room 513
371 Varner Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-2371
[email protected]