Critically Examine the Social World

Education, health, sustainability, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, culture and the arts, politics — these are just some of the many subjects you can explore within the field of sociology.

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Sociology at Willamette challenges students to take a critical approach to the social world, with an emphasis on addressing social inequality and social change.

Our curriculum examines ways that human interactions produce social institutions, processes and culture, and how social relationships shape and are shaped by social, economic, political and historical forces. We provide diverse opportunities to gain real-world skills, including in-depth training in data collection and analysis, service-learning courses, independent and collaborative research, and internships.

Sociology is an excellent starting point for careers in a wide array of fields — including education, social service, government, business, research, community-based organizing, organizational management, medicine and law.

Major areas of study include:

  • Environmental sociology and sustainability
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Social problems and social movements
  • Health and medical sociology
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Qualitative and quantitative methods