What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human society, its origins, functions, and problems. It focuses on relations among people, groups, classes, organizations, and cultures. The undergraduate major provides a foundation for careers in many professional fields, and for graduate training as a sociologist in academia, government, business, or community agencies

Sociology explores and analyzes issues vital to our personal lives, our communities, our nation, and the world. The curriculum in sociology is designed to show students the social character of human life and the impact of varying forms of social organization on human affairs. Students are introduced to the methods by which knowledge is obtained, and may examine the results of research on such diverse topics as the family, religion, education, politics, sex roles, popular culture, and crime.

Sociology Students at UA

All undergraduate sociology students are encouraged to become actively involved in the design of their education, and to take advantage of the opportunities and services offered by the school. Internships, practicums, and independent study courses (Soc 393, 394, and 399), help students establish ties to social service agencies and individual professors.

The Sociology Club offers further opportunities for participation in school and community affairs. Alpha Kappa Delta, the national honorary society, and the Roger Yoshino Award provide opportunities for those interested in academic excellence.

For further information, contact

School of Sociology
Social Sciences Building
Room 400
(520) 621-3531
or send an email to
Jeff Sallaz
Director of Undergraduate Studies