Sociology

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Sociology provides a liberal arts education that enhances critical thinking and communication skills, providing the global perspective needed to navigate life and work in the 21st century. Sociology majors graduate from WSU Vancouver with an understanding of how social institutions shape individual experiences, as well as an understanding and appreciation of diversity.

Sociologists conduct research on a wide range of issues, from social inequality to human ecology and the environment, from deviance and crime to religion, from medicine to politics. The results of sociological research not only contribute to public debate but also inform social policy and legislation.

Courses leading to careers

The sociology program at WSU Vancouver offers small classes, along with internship and research opportunities that provide hands-on learning experiences.

Sociology majors pursue careers in a variety of fields, including social services, management, education, marketing, government, policy analysis and research. Sociology is also a good foundation for professional careers, such as those in law, politics, counseling, architecture and community planning.

“My sociology professors at WSU Vancouver were passionate and knowledgeable, and provided mentorship as much as answers. My classes were small, and the diverse students got to know each other well as we worked together. I cannot imagine another campus where a student gets so many opportunities to work with all levels of the university in many ways, from student clubs to working with the administration on projects.”

—Sociology graduate who is now a university professor

With a bachelor’s degree in sociology from WSU Vancouver, you will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively about social structure, individual behavior and the social order.
  • Draw from social theory to understand everyday life.
  • Apply basic statistical applications and interpret tables, charts and graphs.
  • Critically examine social science research in both professional and popular publications.
  • Appreciate social connections to the development and use of technology and to technology’s impacts on the physical environment.
  • Understand the role of social structure in social inequality.

Contact us

For more information, contact Aaron Whelchel at awhelchel@wsu.edu or 360-546-9578.