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Sociology is the study of human life within group contexts, varying from small, intimate groups to large, complex organizations and societies. Since group interaction is a part of every individual's life, sociology is considered part of a student's liberal education. Courses in the Department of Sociology emphasize an understanding of a broad range of subjects: the family, gender roles, work and occupations, deviance, minority groups, population studies, and so forth. In addition to these courses, students majoring in sociology receive a rigorous grounding in statistics and social research methodology, including experimental designs, sample survey designs, qualitative procedures stressing participant observation, and the application of methods to the study of concrete social problems.

The department also offers the Master of Arts degree, focused on applications of sociological knowledge to the analysis of significant issues confronting industry, medicine, crime control agencies, and others.

Students majoring in sociology are prepared for roles as social researchers or as social practitioners in areas involving industry and government service, as well as in the social services.


Lanis Odoms

Students interested in the sociology major are encouraged to meet with Mr. Landis Odoms, the undergraduate advisor. Sociology majors should also meet with Mr. Odoms on a regular basis to ensure timely progress on their degree requirements.

Email: Landis Odoms

Office hours are open for walk-ins. Students are advised in either office.


  • 7:30 AM-12:00 PM 467 PGH
  • 12:00 PM-4:00 PM 252 McElhinney


  • 7:30 AM- 4:00 PM 467 PGH


  • 7:30 AM -4:00 PM 467 PGH


  • 7:30 AM- 4:00 PM 252 McElhinney


  • 7:30 AM- 4:00 PM 252 McElhinney