2018-19 Catalogs

Sociology Overview

Professor: Chapkis; Associate Professor: Laz, Vazquez Jacobus; Assistant Professor: Everson; Visiting Assistant Professor: Gibbs

In the Sociology Program you will study the relationship between individual experience and broader social forces. Sociology will assist you in understanding the role of social structures in the creation - and dismantling - of class, race, sexuality, and gender inequalities. Studying sociology will expand your skills in critical thinking, writing, and analysis through an exploration of social problems and social change.

A degree in sociology will help prepare you for a career in social work, social research, criminal justice, community organizing, business and education.

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

Additional Information

Alpha Kappa Delta

The Sociology Program 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.

Graduating with Distinction in Sociology

For a B.A. degree in Sociology with Distinction, 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 Sociology Program 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 work with their advisor to begin preparation for an internship the semester prior to the one in which they intend to register for the internship course.