2014-15 Catalogs

Sociology Overview

Professors: Chapkis, Collom, Deprez; Associate Professor:  Baugher, Laz; Lecturer: Diamon

Sociology is the study of social life and the social origins and consequences of human behavior. Sociology's subject matter ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, from the sociology of work to the sociology of sport. Sociology is a liberal arts major with particular emphasis on developing students' abilities to think critically about complex issues, to analyze social phenomena, to design and carry out research, and to write with clarity and economy. An undergraduate major in sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in social work, social research, politics, public administration, law, business, and education.

The major also provides an excellent basis for graduate study in sociology, law, criminology, social work, and education.

Additional Information

Alpha Kappa Delta

The Department of Sociology is affiliated with the international sociology honor society, Alpha Kappa Delta. Juniors and seniors who are officially declared majors or minors, or who have demonstrated an interest and involvement in sociology, have accumulated at least a 3.3 overall grade point average, have completed four or more sociology courses at USM with a sociology grade point average of at least 3.0 are eligible for nomination to Alpha Kappa Delta.

The Honors Degree in Sociology

For a B.A. degree in Sociology with Honors, a student must achieve a GPA of 3.6 or higher, calculated on the basis of a minimum of five USM Sociology courses taken prior to the last semester.


The Department of Sociology offers a strong and on-going internship program. The program helps place students in community agencies and organizations to bring together student academic work and community involvement. Students interested in an internship placement are encouraged to meet with the internship coordinator.