Our social justice-driven program prepares students to be active community members and global citizens

We engage you as a whole person, encouraging you to locate yourself within a structural and cultural analysis

As a faculty, our teaching and research engage multiple social perspectives, and analyze social arrangements with particular emphasis on race, class, gender, and sexuality. Courses explore topics such as economic inequality, mass incarceration, gender-based violence, social identity, gentrification, men and masculinities, transgender lives, and freedom dreams.

Our intersectional pedagogy welcomes all students and centers the voices and needs of historically-disempowered communities. Together, we work to prepare you to engage in critical analyses of institutional power and practices, and to transform individual and group consciousness with an orientation to social action.

Why Major in Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society and social problems.  Sociology gives you a lens through which to understand social practices in your family, institutions, and social policy.  It provides you with the tools to analyze, critique, and transform social structures, institutions, communities, individuals, and yourself. We seek to cultivate the “sociological imagination,” the ability to contextualize daily life in the broader patterns of social forces. 

Students graduate from our program with an understanding of how power works in terms of race, class, gender and sexuality in social life. They find our emphasis on the larger structures of society that produce these outcomes to be particularly valuable.  We practice a kind of liberation sociology in the classroom that serves as a model for change-making.

Our majors draw on their sociological reasoning as they go on to work in nonprofits, make social policy, cofound co-ops, and write for independent media. The education students receive is also relevant to sectors such as technology, health care, and business.

Often pursuing graduate school in sociology or a variety of other disciplines (law, history, social work, education, etc.), alumni from our program value our interdisciplinary orientation. With a strong emphasis on applied learning -- community-engagement, internships, social movements -- the program offers students a toolkit of theories and skills to build a more just world. 

Contact Us

Mark Cohan, PhD
Chair
206.296.5906 
mcohan@seattleu.edu

Naomi Rosenberg
Administrative Assistant
206.296.5906
rosenbe4@seattleu.edu

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