The Department of Sociology is committed to high quality instruction, research, and service activities that are exemplary contributions to the Vision and Mission of the University of West Georgia. The Department embraces academic freedom in the conduct of its faculty, as well as the philosophy and objectives of liberal arts education through its contributions to general education and the core curriculum. Its undergraduate programs in sociology seek to provide students mastery of basic academic subject matters along with the learning skills necessary for enrichment and continued success in academic and workplace environments following graduation. Its graduate program in sociology seek to provide students more focused mastery of their chosen field, critical examination of more specialized issues, and the abilities needed to contribute to the resolution of basic and applied research problems. The Departmental faculty is committed to instructional excellence, scholarly contributions to their areas of professional expertise, and service to the institution and civic community.
Individual Program Missions:
The Sociology program seeks to provide students with mastery of basic academic subject matters along with the learning skills necessary for enrichment and continued success in academic and workplace environments following graduation. The BS degree program provides sociology majors with a working knowledge of sociological theory and research methodologies, knowledge of findings relevant to issues of diversity, skills for the preparation and presentation of research reports, skills related to researching and seeking positions in the job market and in graduate education, and ethics.
It is the purpose of the Sociology Graduate program to expose students to the distinctive ways in which sociologists and criminologists have examined human group behavior. Our aim is to help students examine diverse sociological and criminological perspectives and come to understand their historical traditions; to teach students unique methods of inquiry; and, to expose students to sub-fields in the discipline in an effort to provide for them an area of expertise. In the process, we strive to teach students general problem-solving skills and help them develop independent and critical thinking skills. Further, a broad range of public service activities that contribute to social life and an affirmation of the equal dignity of each person are promoted. All of this is done to enhance the lives of our students and to prepare them for success in academic and workplace environments.