Western’s Sociology program boasts a dedicated faculty committed to undergraduate teaching in the classroom. The Sociology faculty is diverse, both in terms of expertise and in their approaches to teaching. This diversity provides students with remarkable, hands-on training across a wide swath of sociology specialties.
What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?
As a Western Sociology major, you'll build a holistic perspective of the social world around you. You'll expand your understanding of social issues and problems, while integrating topics such as religion, crime, race and gender, drugs, social inequality, medicine, and even rock and roll.
You'll also learn analytical skills, and come to understand how sociologists collect data and conduct research.
Beyond the Classroom
The Sociology program sponsors two student-directed organizations, Alpha Kappa Delta and the Sociology Club. These groups sponsor activities, such as movie nights, field trips to prisons and service opportunities, and forums on graduate school, careers in sociology and housing issues in Gunnison.
Students also join an annual undergraduate conference to present their research in a professional, academic setting. Additionally, students have traveled with faculty to professional meetings to present academic papers.
The program also sponsors internships that enable students to work in the local community, applying their training to real-world experiences. Research has shown this makes Western’s Sociology majors more marketable for jobs when they graduate.
Recent graduates of the Sociology program have found careers in law enforcement, within the prison system, with social-service agencies and with large corporations in managerial positions.
Others have gone on to graduate degrees and professional training programs, and still other graduates have pursued careers in politics and the law.