Sociology is now being recognized as an essential discipline with the increasingly global economy. Its emphasis on understanding diversity and culture are now being sought after by the U.S. Department of Defense, the criminal justice field and international business relations. Added to which, in 2009, sociology ranked eighth out of 200 in terms of the most appealing jobs according to Careercast.com. Oh, and by-the-way, Former First Lady Michelle Obama has her undergraduate degree in sociology from Princeton University.
Sociology is the study of the human society and human social interaction and our department explores a wide range of issues and topics relevant to our lives—health care, environment, social inequality, social justice, race relations, globalization, etc. We emphasize teaching as the top priority of the department, set high standards for student achievement, provide opportunities for student engagement in multicultural events and encourage civic involvement.
Meet the Sociology Department faculty and staff.
Beyond the Classroom
The Sociology Department sponsors two annual events for its students: a day time canoeing trip on the Nanticoke River and a spring picnic. The Sociology Action Club, led by students, has shown movies with discussions following, organized a trip to the Holocaust Museum, sponsored a Fair Trade Sale, had bonfires – once it was on the beach in Assateague – and volunteered for nursing homes, soup kitchens and after-school programs. The Student Sociological Society sponsors lectures Coffee Shop Discussion of topics of interest to our students. In addition, many faculty include cultural event participation and volunteerism as a component of their courses.
Graduate School in Sociology
Careers in Sociology
The Sociology Department and Fulton School of Liberal Arts strongly encourages all of its majors and minors to become global learners in their SU education in order to better prepare themselves for life, work and citizenship in the global 21st century. Here are two ways to do that:
- Area Studies Minors. Each of these programs focuses on a region of the world—Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America or South Asia – via course work from multiple disciplines and perspectives. They also feature a study abroad requirement that may be fulfilled, in most cases, via a Salisbury Abroad Semester Program (highly recommended; see below) or an appropriate SU winter or summer study abroad program (non-SU study abroad programs may be used to fulfill this requirement as well, with prior approval). They also have a modest – 102-level – foreign language requirement. For detailed information on these exciting minors and related study abroad opportunities, please visit the Area Studies Minors website.
- Salisbury Abroad Semester Programs. These programs allow SU students to spend a semester of study abroad at one of the University's many foreign partner institutions (in, for example, China, Ecuador, England, Estonia, Ghana, Scotland and Spain) for about the same cost as studying on campus at SU. The course work taken on these programs may apply to one's major, an Area Studies Minor, or both. To search for Salisbury Abroad programs around the world that will enhance your SU experience, as well as your life and work thereafter, please visit SU’s Education Abroad Office website.
Here are some recent Sociology programs:
- Salisbury Abroad: England
- Introduction to Social and Cultural Research
- Introduction to Sociology
- Social Divisions: Difference and Resistance
- Work and Society
- Salisbury Abroad: Ghana
- Basic Concepts in Sociology
- Traditional Ghanaian Social Institutions
- Poverty and Rural Development
- Sociology of Religion
- Globalization and the Developing World
- 2 Annual Outdoor Events
- 6 Major Career Opportunities
- 41 Courses Offered
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