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1. To teach students the concepts, theories, and methods of the behavioral and social services.

2. To introduce students to the basic social processes of society, social institutions and patterns of social behavior.

3. To train students to understand and to interpret objectively the role of social processes, social institutions and social interactions in their lives.

4. To enable students to cope effectively with the socio-cultural and interpersonal processes of a constantly changing complex society.

5. To train students for positions in criminal justice, gerontology, social science and social welfare.

6. To prepare students for graduate study.

7. To strengthen the marketable expertise in quantitative analysis and computer applications in advertising, demography, marketing and the social sciences.


The mission of Department of Sociology is fostering, through teaching and research, a systematic understanding of human societies and cultures. This includes an understanding of how societies and cultures shape individuals and how, in turn, informed social action can create meaningful social change. Our students experience a rigorous curriculum involving methodological, theoretical, experiential, and substantive training aimed at enhancing critical thinking, social awareness, and a globally-oriented conception of inequality and justice. As a result, our graduates are prepared for a range of career options, post-graduate educational opportunities, and a life of engaged, democratic citizenship.